My girls aren't laying yet, so I guess you would call this Preventative Maintenance. I was sitting outside watching the chooks last evening when I noticed some movement under our raised coop. I watched as a young rat came out of the grass and began feeding on some spilled feed in an area where the feeder used to be before we added on to the coop. I don't have any traps, and I don't want to put out poison, but what I do have is what every good, red blooded redneck has....... GUNS. I went inside and grabbed my DW's .380 pistol and returned to wait for the rat to return. It didn't take long. Within maybe 2 minutes the grass was moving and then the rat returned to the same spot about 15 yards away. I chambered a round (still had the personal protection hollow points loaded in the clip), drew a bead on the fella and squeezed off a round. One shot, one kill. The chickens jumped a little, looked at me like I was crazy, then went back to free ranging. I think this will be my preferred method of rat removal in the future.