A Stoopid Rat (pics added of food covers)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by seminolewind, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I have spent the last 2 weeks creating a system for locking up my feed at night. 4 coops lock up with the food inside. Then I have another 3 that had their bowls out in their pens. I use chamber pots. I got a few of those paint buckets from Lowe's, drilling 2 holes in the bottom. Put the chamber pot on a concrete patio block, put the paint bucket over it upside down. Attached a wire and ran it thru a pulley and to outside the pen, and a hook for raised and a hook for lower. So at night, I just lower the buckets without having to go into the pens.

    So I made the rats hungry, and my poison in the bait traps is being nibbled on. Last week I put a rat snap type trap out with some dog food smeared on the trigger. The food was gone the next day, but the trap didn't go off. But yesterday, a dead rat in a trap that had no bait in it for a week! How stupid is that?
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    He was hungry and it didn't hurt him before, probably scent remained and tried to dig harder at it so it finally triggered.

    Got a pic of your food bucket contraption?
     
  3. Farmer Brian

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    Never under estimate a rat. They are survivers. If you miss a rat like that, you may never catch it. They learn very quickly, esp. to danger. They don't like anything new in their enviroment either, so not unusual to have a trap set for a month, for that one shot at catching it. If there are more than one, the young ones will get caught first, and the older, smarter ones maybe not at all.
     
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  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Aart, I'll get a picture tomorrow and post it.
     
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Aart, here are the pictures

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    The last pic shows the wire to the outside, it has a nail for up and a nail for down. You can click on them and enlarge.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Oh I see...the bucket lowers over the food dish, cool!
     
  7. Meadowchick

    Meadowchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I love this! We are big on repurposing buckets here, too!!! :)
     
  8. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Thanks. I have most of my Florida chickens in open pens now, and needed to not have food sitting out. So when we lock up, we just lower 4 buckets -so far.
     

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