I have a rat problem. It started earlier this year--we found out the neighbors had them IN THEIR HOUSE! Then they found the chickens & feed. I've lost a few birds (mostly chicks) here & there, and I trapped alot earlier this year. NOW they are back, and I'm ready to go to drastic measures! I ordered a RAT ZAPPER, that kills with a shock. I can't wait to get it. I've heard good reports on these, but I'm open to any suggestions. I have baited snap traps, poison bait, and now I'm rigging up a baited bucket. Wish me luck............ The chickens are closed out of this area in the barn, so no worries there.