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And here I was thinking my girls hadn't started laying yet.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Livinzoo, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. Livinzoo

    Livinzoo Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Statham, GA
    I put a golf ball in one of the nest boxes and the next day it was sitting on the back edge. Something tried to take it but the ball was too big to fit between the nest box and the wall. You can see teeth marks on the ball.

    So I think I have rats. I have a hav-a-heart trap I'll be setting up in the morning. Lets see what I can catch.
  2. Hobbley_Farm

    Hobbley_Farm Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    Pilot Mountain, NC
    once you have a rat in a have a heart...what do you do?
  3. Jessika

    Jessika Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Eagle Creek, OR
    Good luck! [​IMG]
  4. Livinzoo

    Livinzoo Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Statham, GA
    Well 2 options. Drown them or set them free elsewhere.

    I had one caught this morning and it was lucky I was running late for work. Dropped it off 5 miles away near some woods.
  5. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    with rats I prefer the drowning method...my uncle used a HAH trap for a mouse once, and for some reason the mouse had some sort of food coloring on it. Anyways, he goes out, walks to the edge of the field, and lets this mouse go. He gets back to the door and sure enough a little mouse with the same colored splotches on him is nosing its way into a hole in the door casement....the darn thing beat him back to the house...Drowning is a decently quick alternative...
  6. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    so mice and rats have a homeing instinct? i found out by accident my boston terrier will go nuts trying to dig up a rat.she weighs 31 lbs and is a digging machine!!! we have to be careful she doesn't get bitten, but she won't give up until you phsically remove her. now if i could just train her to find money buried in the ground i'd be on to something!
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2008
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm 10 Years

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Decon, where your other animals can't get to it. Another post on another thread suggested sticky traps, baited and where you other pets can't get to it.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2008
  8. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I have a pack rat I can't catch that keeps stealing the golf balls out of the nests.
  9. Livinzoo

    Livinzoo Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Statham, GA
    well 2 rats down and 3 traps set tonight. Wonder what I will see in the morning.

    I don't like poison cause if any animal eats the dead rat they get a dose of poison too.

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