Feed inside the coop or outside?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sawilliams, Nov 17, 2015.

  1. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    we use the same thing for rats, it makes me nervous, but it's the only way for a rat problem, they are too smart for traps.
     
  2. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps


    You keep this in your run at all times, unless you have chicks in there? Like, baby chicks, you mean? I was confused at first, thinking, why wouldn't you have chicks in there all the time.. it's a chicken run? :plbb But yeah, I think you mean younguns... yes? And are mice really that much of a problem? Don't chickens eat mice? Just curious. Thank you!
     
  3. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh, are these big enough for rats as well? Or just mice? Thanks!
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    I, personally, would never use poison to deal with a rodent problem around chickens. Chickens can, and will eat mice (dead or alive). Just not worth the risk. An electric trap works great and is much safer.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Unfortunately around here in the fall we get rats trying to tunnel into the shed and set themselves up. They are way too smart for traps and we have to use poison. Mice aren't that big of problem, probably because the chickens take care of them. We use that exact bait station. It is put down in the fall and picked up in the spring. For mice I would use traps too.
     
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  6. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree with not really wanting to use poison. Is there an electric trap for rats?But if all else fails, I have to know what to do. I've yet to experience any of this for myself yet. I'm just trying to get as much information as possible.

    I'm really hoping with the construction of the coop, rats won't be an issue. Maybe I'm fooling myself.
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    There are electric traps for rats, I hate poison too and am nervous whenever we set it out, but it's the only thing that will work for us. Rats are so destructive with the tunnels. By the time winter starts the rats are all dead, otherwise they would continue to reproduce. I hope you don't get rats, mice are easy.
     
  8. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    How do they get into the coop though? Ours is new, still being built actually. The structure is very tight and there will be hardware cloth on all vents and windows. The only concern I'm having is the door... It's not going to be a regular house type door... What's the smallest opening a rat can squeeze through?
     
  9. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Rats will simply chew a hole through the wood, or tunnel up and under, concrete floors can help, keeping the area around the coop free of hiding areas also help. Mice will squeeze through small openings.
     
  10. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well the concrete floor isn't an option as it's raised up off the ground. The floors are deck boards.. planks. And we are putting vinyl over that. The area will definitely be kept tidy and clutter free, though I am planning on doing some landscaping in the area.

    I'm afraid to use poison, in case a rat or mouse got into the poison and then got nabbed by a chicken. :( I'd much rather go with a reliable trapping system... electric or otherwise.
     

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