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best rat poison

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by pokey, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    What brand of rat poison have you tried and gotten the best results?
  2. eggboy

    eggboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2010
    None is best. If you set poison out for the rats even if it is away from where your chickens can get to it the rats will take the poison and potentialy hide it (we used to poison mice in the house and every once in a while we would find a stash in a closet or somewhere) where that the chickens can get to it. I would suggest a snapping trap somewhere your chickens can't get to.
  3. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 31, 2008
    because of the other pets i would not risk a secondary poisoning

    rat eats poison ... dog eats or plays with rat...= one sick doggie
  4. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2010
    x's two. Go out and get a good rat trap.
  5. eggboy

    eggboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2010
    This post has been deleted.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2011
  6. Muggsmagee

    Muggsmagee Menagerie Mama

    Dec 15, 2009
    Central NY
    The best rat poison is NO poison. Bad idea. A rat terrier perhaps? One rat terrier holds the record for killing thousands of rats in just a few minutes. Maybe find a trap or two? I would refrain from putting any poisonous chemicals down where any other animal can get to it.
  7. DPC poultry

    DPC poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2010
    Mt. washington Ky
    DECON!! is amazing
  8. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    The pets can't get to it.
  9. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

    Apr 18, 2010
    Unfortunately, the rats (or mice) CAN move it to where they can get it.

    We put Decon out at our cabin, and in the spring came upon stashes far from where we put the bait (in the under counter cupboards) - under the couch cushion, piled in the corner on the kitchen counter, and even under the pillows on the bed. We've stopped using bait because we don't want our child to stumble across a moved bait pile and have her decide to try out the tasty green pellets.

    Also, no rats here yet, but we have moles and mice, and I've caught my chickens a few times....ummm..."playing" with a dead mouse they killed, and a little while later, the mouse is no more. Didn't realize chickens make good mousers [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2011
  10. HLAC

    HLAC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2009
    Central Utah
    I have had good results using the tomcat bait bars.

    I live near a grain elevator so knocking down the rat population is a constant issue.

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