Help, I got rats

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Doodadman, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. Doodadman

    Doodadman Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there a safe product that I can use to get rid of rats but not hurt my girls? Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Black Cochin Bantams

    Black Cochin Bantams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ravenvalor wrote:
    The summary of a previous post about rats:
    Black Cochin Bantams wrote:

    crazyhen wrote:

    You have helpers eating your feed. Probably rats, they are sneaky and you will not see them unless you really are quiet. I had them once. I shut the chickens up at night and set traps. I caught many large rats I did not know I had. After awhile they were none in the traps and feed bill decreased considerable. Now I have a good mouser cat that does not bother the chickens. I keep my hens in a hugh run and coop too. Gloria Jean

    I agree that rodents are probably the cause. Trapping will catch some but that educates the others if it is rats. Mice can be caught in so many types of traps and traps do an effective job on mice. If traps do not work I suggest using rat bait bars in a bait station that the chickens can not get in to. I always have a bait station in place to prevent future infestations of rodents. My bait station was made using a piece of 3 or 4 inch diameter PVC pipe at least 2 feet long. I drill a hole half way in the pipe . I thread a piece of wire through the hole and wrap wire around a rat bait bar. I then pull the wire so the bait is located in the center of the pipe and wrap excess wire around the tube to hold it in place. I place one inside my coop always making sure the bait is on the bottom of the pipe and another along the outside of the building where they may travel. No more rodent problems here. I keep all extra feed in metal garbage cans.

    Interesting bait station. Can you please explain this a little more?
    Thank you,
    JB

    The reason to use a piece of pipe is because rats do not travel into something they can't see through or at least that is the theory. The pipe is at least 2 foot long or longer to keep all poultry out and away from the rat poison bait bar. The wire is passed through a 3/16" hole. I use a piece of copper wire that is long enough to to wrap around the bait bar and still be threaded out the hole. I pull wire tight securing the bait inside the pipe wrapping the extra wire around the pipe insuring bait can't be pulled out. I don't want any rat pulling the poison out and perhaps making it accessible to any non target animal. The bait bars can be bought at our local coop, tractor supply,farm fleet stores. I place one outside my building where I think animals might run along and try to get them before they get into the coop (mine is actually an old hog farrowing building). I also have one in the building to get any that do make it into the building. After my initial battle with rats I have had no further infestations. I check them weekly to see if I am having any activity and make sure bait is secure.

    Last edited by Black Cochin Bantams (Yesterday 6:48 am)
    Black Cochin Bantams wrote:

    ravenvalor wrote:

    Black Cochin Bantams wrote:

    The reason to use a piece of pipe is because rats do not travel into something they can't see through or at least that is the theory. The pipe is at least 2 foot long or longer to keep all poultry out and away from the rat poison bait bar. The wire is passed through a 3/16" hole. I use a piece of copper wire that is long enough to to wrap around the bait bar and still be threaded out the hole. I pull wire tight securing the bait inside the pipe wrapping the extra wire around the pipe insuring bait can't be pulled out. I don't want any rat pulling the poison out and perhaps making it accessible to any non target animal. The bait bars can be bought at our local coop, tractor supply,farm fleet stores. I place one outside my building where I think animals might run along and try to get them before they get into the coop (mine is actually an old hog farrowing building). I also have one in the building to get any that do make it into the building. After my initial battle with rats I have had no further infestations. I check them weekly to see if I am having any activity and make sure bait is secure.

    Hello,

    This sounds interesting.
    Cannot the rats see through the pipe out of the other end?
    Do the rats obsess over the bait and forget about the nearby chicken feed?
    How does this work?

    Apologies for the dumb questions.

    Jim

    Rats didn't go in a box that I had set a bait station up in. If it(pipe bait station) is placed along an edge they will travel through it. I had to put up the poultry feed each night for a week. Placed it back out in the AM. The rats did find the bait bars and self destruct in a week. Not dumb questions I just understand it so well that I forget to write down everything. Good luck

    I see, the tube makes sure the rats get to the bait and keeps the chickens away from the bait.
    Thank you.
    JB
     
  3. Stingrayg4

    Stingrayg4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. sport14692

    sport14692 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My defense against rats is the almighty Rat Terrier !!!
     

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