Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by justusnak, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    My coop is an add on to the workshop. In the roof part of the shop....there are bats...I have no idea how many, but have on occasion, found bat poo on the floor. Is this dangerous for my hens? I know bats can carry diseases....but if they are in the roof part, should I worry?? If do I move the bats???
  2. MTchick

    MTchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2007
    Western Montana
    Bats are not dangerous to hens. They can be VERY dangerous to people. I don't want to sound like a total paranoid freak, but you should never let bats live inside a building that you enter. Only one person in the history of medicine has survived a full-blown case of rabies, and she caught it from a sick bat that she found in a church. Seriously. OK, my rant on rabies is over now.

    So, now that I said that, how do you move your bats? First, you need to figure out how they get into your workshop. Holes in the eaves, loose ventilation covers, cracks near the rafters, etc. Then, find some firm hardware cloth and just after dark, when you are sure there are no bats inside, cover those holes very tightly. Small bats can fit through a hole the size of a quarter, for your reference.

    If you want to be a nice and ecologically friendly person, before you do the other steps, find a nearby tree, buy or make a bathouse, and set it up for the bats. After you evict them they will relocate to that safer, happier place and your workshop and hens will be much better for it.


    (I stand corrected. Rabies cannot be caught from feces- only saliva and blood!)
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2007
  3. eichenluft

    eichenluft Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 4, 2007
    Bats are GOOD - they eat MANY MANY MANY flying insects every night - they are not aggressive, do not attack people or chickens - they are creatures to encourage to live in places like your barn, your coop - even put bathouses out to try to get them on your property. They are amazing creatures.

    Yes, bats can carry rabies - sick bats will be obvious - they will not be flying, they will be out in the daytime, walking around or sitting on the ground. Rabies cannot be contracted by looking at the bat, inhaling the bat's fecal dust, or in anyway other than by blood exchange (being bitten) or saliva exchange (being bitten). As with any nocturnal animal - avoid contact with any bat (or fox, raccoon, skunk, etc) that is walking around or acting sick in broad daylight, and especially ones that are not afraid of people.

  4. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2007
    I second what eichenluft said. Bats are GREAT to have around!

    The only concern I would add, and here I admit I don't know a ton, so research is in order [​IMG] , is that bat guano (poop) is very concentrated. Not sure if the smell/dust in a confined area would cause resporatory <sorry... can't spell tonight!> distress? I do know it makes great fertilizer! LOL!

    Not sure I'd want one flying in my house, but they are fascinating. I love to see them swooping in on mosquitos and moths at night.
  5. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Last year we put up a bat lunk in there....maybe I dont have it in a good location, It is in the East eave of my barn, under the roof overhang. Out of the weather, and out of the sun. I thought it would be a good place....apparently not. I love to watch them in the early evenings....there seem to be about 10 or so....flying around here. I just wanted to make sure my hens would be safe from ilness. So good. Guess I wont worry too much then. Thanks everyone.
  6. Jimagination

    Jimagination Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2007
    Lancaster, PA
    You can get a fungal infection and swelling of the heart called Histoplasmosis from the dust of bats and birds. Bob Dylan had had this diagnosed years ago. But rabies, like aids, is only a bodily fluid transaction. Bats are some of the coolest mammals around.
  7. xrayman

    xrayman Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 4, 2007
    Central IA
    Bats eat those nasty skiters, they'll eat there body weight in one night. Wouldn't worry about getting hystoplasmosis from the bats more likely to get it from the chicken dust, or just natural fungus if you live near a river or lake. We call it Chicken ____ disease (fill in the blank lol) I see alot of it around here , our soil gets turned so much alot of people have it and don't even know it. It's rarely life threatening. Probably not much you can do about moving them except plug holes that can get threw, and don't kill them they're protected.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2007
  8. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    There is no way I can plug all the holes....and i would never kill them. They are just soo cute...little brown fuzzies. Im just glad I dont have to worrry about them sickening my hens. Thanks everyone!
  9. chicks rule

    chicks rule Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2007
    SW MO
  10. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    UGH! South WEST side......THATS what I did wrong. Mine is on the South EAST side of the barn. Hmmm, I just thought...we get our storms from that side...and with the setting would be too hot.? Maybe not? Guess I will move it, and see what happens! Thanks!

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