Bad bad rat problem! Please help!

asher

Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire
13 Years
Jan 26, 2007
3,479
61
264
Mountains of NC
OMG! I went out to the buff cochins cage and there were rats EVERYWHERE! The pen is clean, they're just eating feed, I assume. I went in the barn and rats went running all over. Picked up a nest box and some came running out. Killed two behind one nest box. Guessing a bunch of babies were born and this is the results. DANGIT! They live under the barn. They've eaten holes in the barn floor. (it's solid wood). WHAT can I do? Just pour rat poison down their holes or what? I haven't done that, yet due to the fact that I don't want the chickens or cats to get it, but I am SICK of this!!! I have FOUR cats that were for the rats and now we have even more rats! I'm going to lock the two boys in the barn today/tonight (the female cats are ferals that I adopted as barn cats and we can barely touch them, much less contain them in the barn).

I LOVE animals, but oh my!!! This is CRAZY. They aren't touching the eggs now, but I'm worring about my two broody mamas and if those babes will get eaten when they hatch.

YUCK YUCK YUCK YUCK! Did I mention YUCK?!
 

MNKris

Songster
12 Years
Nov 1, 2007
346
10
141
Our best method to get rid of the rats is snap traps with peanut butter as bait. if you have to build a box over something over the trap to keep the chickens away from it, it is worth it. We built the box over the hole they chewed through our wood wall!

Bait the trap for a few days before setting it.

We also tried glue pads, plaster of paris with sugar, my husband has actually shot one
even. All and all, the best by far has been the traps...
 

hypnofrogstevie

chick magnet
12 Years
Jul 12, 2007
7,365
14
261
Newton NJ
barrel or tub of water with food floating on top. vaseline or lotion to prevent them from climbing out and they will drown
 
Last edited:

asher

Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire
13 Years
Jan 26, 2007
3,479
61
264
Mountains of NC
How big does the barrel need to be?

I'll check at the feed store for rat traps tomorrow. I know Wal-Mart only carries mouse traps. I did kill two, the smaller ones seem to be slower and not know what they're doing as much. I'm so keeping the cats in the barn for a few days. YUCK!!!
 

MissPrissy

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
May 7, 2007
24,434
103
371
Forks, Virginia
Go to walmart and get yourself a box of plaster of paris - about $5. Get a bag of confectioners sugar. Mix them together in a small dish and bait it with a slip of cooked meat or some dog food chunks. Put it in your hen house but up high in a small place where the chickens cannot get to it. The mice will find it, eat and when they crawl out to die if your chickens eat them they won't be poisoned.

This is probably the simplest, quickest way to get rid of a lot of them with harming your chickens, cats, dogs and children.

If your barn is infested put out several dishes of the mix and refill them as needed until you get it under control.

It does exactly what you think it does. It draws their internal fluids into itself and hardens like a brick.
 

mcg30_40

Songster
12 Years
Jan 2, 2008
384
6
141
alabama
I have gopher rats that come in out of the fields. My chickens are confined so I put block poison inside the barn/shed where the rats go that the chickens can't. All else fails, have an old fashion "rat killin". If you have that big of a rat problem I can't imagine how often you would have to set and clean out traps....uggg
 

MissPrissy

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
May 7, 2007
24,434
103
371
Forks, Virginia
mcg - when rats eat poison they usually crawl out looking for water - it is the nature of most rat poisons. It is very unsafe to have poisoned rat bodies that could get into your chicken pens. If the chickens eat them they will in turn be poisoned second hand.
 

asher

Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire
13 Years
Jan 26, 2007
3,479
61
264
Mountains of NC
We also share a driveway with a large wood company...but they mainly just store their wood here...so I know that's part of the problem, too. When we got the chickens, they found a source of food and decided to forget their homes over there.

Have I mentioned yuck?! hehe

I may just send my boys out there with baseball bats.


(Kidding, but I WILL do everything and anything I possibly can that is mentioned in this thread just to get rid of the darn things.)
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom