In the Brooder
- May 4, 2011
We have four 10 week old pullets. I am currently locking them up in the coop at night, but would like to leave the door open at some point so they can have free access to the run. We live in a city, so the main pests we have are raccoons, opossum, rats and dogs. The run is secure against everything but rats. Are rats a problem for adult chickens, or just chicks? If so at what age do you think the pullets can handle themselves with a rat? To give you an idea of the set-up here is a description: the entire back yard is surrounded by a 6ft wood fence, inside that is the run. The chicken run is a converted chain link dog run with a chain link top. This is not cheap flimsy chain link, but instead came from a fencing company that builds the runs for the local police dept. The bottom four feet of the run is wrapped with hardware cloth. There is also a 3 foot apron of hardware cloth extending out from the run, and the apron is held down by flagstone pavers. The entire run is bolted to a building so it is not moving. I know rats can climb in through the chain link on the top, but feel quite safe that nothing larger can get in. Also, we have a galvanized treadle feeder so their food is secure.