I'd noticed lately it seemed like my hens were eating a lot in the evenings. Same for the chick feeder. I was wrong. The other night I went to do nightcheck on my way to the barn - about 9P. I surprised a smallish rat inside the baby coop with my 6wk old chicks! The chicks were fine, if unhappy - so I moved them to a roost and they spent the night there. Babies have now spent 3 nights roosting with the hens and everyone seems to be getting along. Last night same thing, so I put together 2 + 2 and hung the Big Girls' feeder out of reach and removed the chicks feeder from the coop. I will not provide a free Vermin Buffet! Today I'm headed for TSC. Any suggestions for poison or traps that won't hurt my chickens but will destroy the rat? The only thing I won't use is a glueboard - it might catch a chick and too oogy for me to dispose of after.