Advice on rats in the coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by 1eyejer, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. 1eyejer

    1eyejer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    Prince Edward Island
    I just discovered we have a rat problem in and around the coop...what is the best course to take??
  2. Lofty Dreams

    Lofty Dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    flood holes with water and raise feeders and waters of the ground
  3. eggboy

    eggboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2010
    Rats can live an extremely long time underwater so flooding does not help.

    Try trapping them a snapping trap (only outside the coop) or a Havahart trap in or out of the coop (if you have a gun) I wouldn't suggest poison because even if you have one of those boxes that rats can get in and chickens can't the rats can easily take the poison and hide it somewhere that the chickens can get to it. You could also try hunting them with a B.B. gun if you don't have any close neighbors.
  4. dwegg

    dwegg Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a rat problem also and now I take all the feed bins in every nig and put them out in the morning before work.

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