Help rats!!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Granjaguate, Jan 25, 2015.

  1. Granjaguate

    Granjaguate Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 17, 2014
    Ok so I am having s problem with rats and need some suggestions. First off we have 2 cats that live on our property and wild cats that roam around! They don't help. With that being said our rats are not your normal rats. We live in Central America about 40 minutes out from the major city Guatemala City. They rats are about 4 pounds or bigger. They make there holes in and under the coop no matter how much concrete I fill them with. My chickens are free ranged all the time and locked up at night? I have lost around 20 something chicks in the past month, I'm guessing Bc of the cooler weather and with rainy season around the corner. Any ideas of what I can try. In the coop I have 2 ducks, about 50 hens from all breeds 4 roosters, 3 rabbits that we breed that run free in the coop and quail in a hutch also in the coop!
  2. PirocaKeeper

    PirocaKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2014
    Western Massachussetts
    Have you tried a rodent trap or mongoose traps, like the ones other people in tropical places use to catch mongoose (that attack chickens). You don't want to use poison to get rid of them because you then will have poison dead animals around and if the birds get to it, they can die. That is the only idea I can give you. When I was growing up in Puerto Rico, that is what my father use to catch rats or mongooses. They look like the picture I am attaching:

    Hopefully this information will help. You would put the trap in the outside area, not in the coop area. Once you trap them, then you can decide how to get rid of them. Good luck
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2015
  3. maxsgoldens

    maxsgoldens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2015
    west Yorkshire, UK
    If you don't want to use poison then your best bet is removing all the chickens from the coop, and sending a ferret underneath. That will send them running
  4. MrsMcCluck

    MrsMcCluck Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 27, 2015
    I realise I'm not going to be helpful, but the size of your rats sounds terrifying!

    We have seen one rat that our dog killed, but last night I saw another rat. We have quite large birds, would a rat harm them?
  5. maxsgoldens

    maxsgoldens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2015
    west Yorkshire, UK
    I doubt a large rat would attack a large hen. They would have no problem with a bantam or grower though
  6. kurczaki

    kurczaki Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 4, 2015
    I tried a rodent trap. I was able to catch 2 rats. The problem is there is probably hundreds of them living in the area. The other thing is they are smart and they avoid the trap.

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