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Do I need to worry about a wild rat eating my week old chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by metalman488, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. metalman488

    metalman488 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 2, 2014
    Okay so we are keeping our week old baby chicks in an old guinea pig cage that has plastic that comes up a few inches and a wire cage part that goes down into it. Today my brother went to go check on them and he saw a rat near the cage! Then I looked online and found that rats will kill baby chicks! :( Is that true? and can the rat get inside the cage somehow to get my chicks? I moved the cage to a new spot to get them away from the rat, but do I need to worry?
  2. red horse ranch

    red horse ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2014
    Buffalo Wyoming
    Yes. A rat can get thru some pretty tiny holes and a wire cage probably wouldn't stop it. A rat is a carnivor that will eat anything.
    Find a way to trap the rat before it gets your chicks.
  3. metalman488

    metalman488 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 2, 2014
    Okay I will. The chicks are moved and I set a trap and I'm going to get rat poison tomorrow. Also at what age will they be big enough that I won't have to worry about rats eating them?
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2014
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    A rat can take a half grown bird, especially if it's sleeping.

    Depending on how many chicks you have, they likely need a bigger space anyway. Those cages are pretty small, by 3 weeks each chick should have about a square foot of space.

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