So I go out this morning to let the chickens out and on the outside of the coop there is a pile of dirt. I raked and raked but didn't find a hole. I spied a little dirt underneath the nest box in the same spot as my suspicious pile just on the inside of the coop. I had to run to work as I have to clock in at 8, but I plan to run back over if we aren't very busy. I have a dirt floor for now, but after harvest we plan to build an actual shed/house type coop for them. I got ONE egg the other day but none since. I just thought that was normal since it is only one girl that has matured and she's not regulated yet. Yesterday I saw one of my roos get into the nest boxes (I've seen them in there about 15 times as much as I've ever seen a girl in there) and he was scratching around. I didn't think anything of it then as I've heard people say that he's preparing the nest for his lady. Now I'm wondering if he heard something under the nest box? It's made from a pallet so the pallet sits on the ground and the nest sits on top of that so that's only about 3 inches off the ground. Have I just created the perfect hideout for rats? Should I put it up on stilts? I have been leaving the food out at night (bad ) but now due to changing seasons I was going to start taking it away anyway. To top it all off: I live on a grain facility, I KNOW there are rats, mice, squirrels (millions) and other nasties here. I've seen random holes in the ground all over. Be straight with me...I have a rat (or a family) inside the coop don't I?