I knew we had a rat infestation but I had NO idea how big it was until we got some snow this weekend. Up til now, I only saw them scurrying around after dark. The snow must have forced them to come out in the daytime to scavenge for food and scraps. I stood there and watched dozens of the buggers running back and forth from seemingly endless tunnels and holes around the edge of our patio and the coop. After watching for a bit to establish in my mind where those holes are, I got out there with the garden hose in the snow and filled up all the spots I could find. I had the satisfaction only once of seeing a bunch of them running for higher ground when the hose came in. I spent an icy-cold hour out there filling all the holes I could find, went back inside and watched to see what would happen. Within 10 minutes, out of the SAME holes, out the rats came again!! A couple went scooting out between the legs of a surprised hen. I would have thought she'd attack, but she just looked startled and didn't do anything. I was appalled and amazed. How on earth could they survive such a dousing?! Those holes must go down to China if they could elude that much water rushing in! I went back out and did it all over again, and the same thing happened. At that point, it was getting dark and I gave up on it. Anyone else having this kind of rat trouble?