Cholesterol man

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Hi, I have 3 chicks and they live in area where lots of rats are there. I am going for a trip for 3 days and givings chicks to my neighbour. There are no other predetor such as cat, snake and birds of prey. Does rat kill chickens ?, Please help
 

Callender Girl

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I have not had rats around chicks, just full-grown chickens, but regardless of whether they would kill the chicks, they're just bad to have around and darned hard to get rid of.

Hardware cloth is a great tool, but even with that, I would worry about tiny birds.
 

cmom

Hilltop Farm
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:welcome :frow I had a coop that was infested and tried a lot of different things but in the end bough some rat bait boxes and put them in our barn which is behind the coops. I put the bait boxes in pet carriers on a shelf so nothing but the rats could get to the bait. I did resort to using poison. I'm not advocating using poison only that I did. When I started renovating the coop taking out the ceiling and walls, dozens of rats of all sizes poured out and there were rat nests. I didn't find any dead rats laying around so I assume they went into some tunnels that were around the coop and barn and died so they buried themselves. Since you have only three chicks you could put them in a cage. I have some made with hardware cloth so nothing can get to my chicks. Good luck on your trip and have fun...
 

Al Gerhart

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Rat will catch and kill even feathered out chicks. Gotta make a coop rat proof and keep them there till they are large enough to fend for themselves. After that, as always, use a treadle feeder so the rats cannot eat the feed. Once you stop feeding rodents they always leave for another food source.
 

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