Problem with rats?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by YoYofranko, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. YoYofranko

    YoYofranko Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 2, 2010
    York Yorkshire
    We've just recently moved our hens to a shed made into a coup and within days of letting the hens out we've got about 3 rat holes, 2 going under the shed and 1 under our pig ark. Whats the best way to get rid of them without hurting the hens or pigs? Were thinking of getting some ferrets but at the moment that aint an option. Anyone else had the same problem? Someone told me rats sometimes kill hens Thanks:)
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Here's a great little how-to video to make a bucket trap. I use snap traps and a .22 myself. I would not recommend getting ferrets unless you want some dead chickens. Ferrets kill chickens. They don't even eat them for the most part; just kill them for sport.

    Good luck.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2010
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    If you are willing to go the poison route, Just One Bite (bromadiolone) will kill the rat, but if an animal eats the dead rat it will not be harmed.
  4. dawnjoennikki98

    dawnjoennikki98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2010
    New Jersey
    the bucket traps aren't working for me [​IMG] success.

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