Short of having a stake-out with a gun in my coop how do I get rid of gopher rats inside the coop? The coop is free standing in the middle of the pen. The pen holds chickens and goats. I went out tonight to see if any of my younger hens had learned to roost inside the coop yet and found a gopher rat (have I mentioned how big these things are) staring back at me. I have the laying pellets inside the coop so the goats can't eat it, I'm assuming that is what they are after since the eggs weren't touched and the chickens in the coop weren't concerned at all.