My husband raises rats for his pythons. During the summer we move them to a big rabbit hutch inside of the barn. We have it set up with wooden boxes with holes and ramps for them to play on. Anyway a couple of days ago I was milking the goat and one of the large black and white rats went strolling down the isle and sat down next to two of the barn cats. I picked it up and put it back into it's cage. Later on that night I fed the young chickens in an open pen and there was the same rat...sitting in the feeder eating. I picked it up and put it back into the cage. Hubby fixed what he though was the escape route. The next day there was the rat again walking around the barn like it owns the place. I thought rats scurried and ran along walls? Not this one...lol. Tonight it was in the silkie pen, waiting for me to refill the feeder. Again, I walked up to it and it just sat there and let me pick it up and put it back in the cage. My barn cats are good mousers. I guess they just know this one belongs to me. I never see wild mice or rats in the barn. What suprised me more than the cats ignoring it was the hens. They eat out of the feeder with it. They don't seem to mind it at all. My friends keep telling me that my farm reminds them of a bad Disney Movie...lol. I think they are right.