My chickens killed the rat from Nihm!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by stephhassler, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. stephhassler

    stephhassler Songster

    Jan 30, 2009
    Eastern Iowa
    Yesterday I posted about a very smart rat who refused to be caught by any of the traps I put out for him. This morning I went in the coop and notice he had dug a tunnel in through the coop bedding. I began to berate the chickens, telling them they shouldn't allow a dirty rat in the coop to eat their food and poop all over. Then I notice a dead rat in the corner of the coop. He appeared to have been pecked in the stomach. Of course I immediately apologized to everyone and began to tell them what wonderful, smart, brave chickens they are. Go chickens!

  2. mediazeal

    mediazeal Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
  3. Overeasyplz

    Overeasyplz Songster 8 Years

    Nov 8, 2009
    That's awesome!
  4. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009

  5. Ladyhawke1

    Ladyhawke1 Songster

    I was planning after the weather clears up… rain…..that I would tie one of my cat’s toy mice on a thread and drag it across the yard and see if I NEEDED to train the chickens to “kill”. It they chase it and attack, I am home free. If not, training is in order. [​IMG]
  6. LoreenH

    LoreenH Songster

    Jul 10, 2009
  7. team guava pastry

    team guava pastry Songster

    Feb 4, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Saw one of our chochins run down a small lizard today in the backyard. Pecked it, shook it, and down the hatch. NASTY:p

  8. Ive seen my chickens playing keep away with a mouse before.
  9. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Songster 9 Years

    Jul 15, 2009
    We have a bunch of little sparrows and finches that live in my apricot tree right next to the chickens. Everyday when I walked outside there would be a cloud of tiny birds flying out of the coop and run. Those birds kept eating all of my chicken feed. When I would refill there feeder there would be a ton of little bird poos everywhere. They were just as bad as mice or rats.

    Then the other morning I went out to check on the girls and noticed a few tiny piles of feathers by there feeders. I first thought on my they are really pecking at each other, which is weird since they never have done that. I went inside the coop to get a better look and it was one sparrow and one finch, my girls I guess had had enough of the birds eating there feed. The birds were pretty much pecked so much there was nothing left just a head and some small pieces.

    Proud to say that now when I go outside there isn't a huge cloud of birds flying away anymore. If there is a bird in there it is only a brave one darting around the chickens. [​IMG] Great girls I have. [​IMG]

    Glad they got your rat! Hopefully they will be on rat patrol from now on.

  10. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress 9 Years

    I agree with Loreen, [​IMG]! You go girls! [​IMG]

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