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

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    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

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    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

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    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?
     
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  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    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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