Ok... So since I stared the trapping and pred removal three weeks ago, I got two coons and one possum in trade for the loss of three birds. The big cage is still set but to combat the rat problem I have 7 rat traps... well, it's been two weeks and NOTHING!!! They end up set off and bait is gone. un So today, about 2pm, I look out the window in a hunch and what do I see?!?!?! Chickens happily pecking around and a young RAT IN THE FEED!!!!! They didn't even care!!! I run out there scare the rat into the hutch and closed up the run. I didn't want to chance it escaping so I grabbed the closest pair of closed toed boots next to the sleeping cat and needless to say the rat is no more. No idea why it was out but now it is dead. Boot one, rat zero. Rat family still wining though. The pest problem seems exceptionally bad this year and just getting worse every year. I don't want to go to poisons since my birds all free range but what can I do!