Rat help

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Luv_my_babies, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. Luv_my_babies

    Luv_my_babies Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 8, 2011
    Well my husband says he saw a rat in our chicken coop tonight, please help. I need to know if anyone knows how to get rid of them without hurting our chickens. Also, our the eggs safe to eat still and will they attack our chickens. PLEASE HELP if you can! Thanks
  2. Wolftalk

    Wolftalk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2011
    The Coop :)
    Well you can set up traps. But rats shouldnt bother your chickens, they mostlikely just want thier food. And i would also do rat poision that is the cubed kind. DONT USE THE PELLET RAT POISION!!!! Chickens will eat that, and it could hurt them! But thats what i would do. Also im pretty sure rats arent fans of light. Maybe if you light up the coop they will aviod it. Just some thoughts. Good luck!
  3. Cowgirl75446

    Cowgirl75446 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2011
    Just One Bite is a good bar poison, just keep it out of reach of dogs/cats. I also purchased the Riddex Sonic Plus, it is suppose to keep rodents and insects away. I just put in my new chicken barn, does anyone know if they work? [​IMG]
  4. cackydoodledoo

    cackydoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 7, 2011
    Crazyville, USA
    I have a problem with mice not rats but really afraid to put poison out because if one dies in the coop and the chickens eat it then they might get sick or die from the poison. Has anyone had any experience with this?
  5. Luv_my_babies

    Luv_my_babies Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 8, 2011
    I just started a new thread about one of my hens eating a mouse that may have been poisoned. The reason I say may have been is because I am not the one who set out the poison. I rent my home and my parents rent the barn and they did not let me know that they had put poison out for mice...thanks for that. They also wanted there dog to be a barn dog and left her at the barn and she killed 5 of my hens a couple of months ago, NICE! So I am trying to find out what will happen to my hen since she ate that mouse whole and also worried about her eggs!!! WORRIED!!!
  6. mommanine

    mommanine Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 13, 2012
    My daughter put poison out last year, but didn't shove it far enough into the rat holes, and I ended up losing a few chickens. So I'm hesitant to try the poison route. We're having rat problems now- I'm going to go buy traps. I know the rats won't generally disturb the birds, but they do eat feed and they can definitely help themselves to eggs! My daughter just moved the tractors her silkies and Japanese are in, and found nests underneath with a bunch of eggs hidden away. She wondered why the egg laying seemed so low lately! We have dogs that love to find varmints, but I think the rats just move from tunnel to tunnel, so the dogs haven't had a whole lot of luck digging them out. They sure love to try, though!
  7. Black Cochin Bantams

    Black Cochin Bantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2010
    I have used rat bait bars in my coop and never lost a bird. I place the bars inside a 2 foot long piece of PVC pipe (either3 or 4 inch will work). I drilled a hole in the pipe in the center. I wrap wire around the bait bar and then insert the wire thru the hole i drilled pulling the bait bar to the center of the tube and then wrap the wire around the pipe so bait can not be pulled out. I set several outside my coop and 1 inside with bait bar on the bottom of the pipe. I have no rat problem anymore.
  8. mommanine

    mommanine Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 13, 2012
    Thanks for the idea- sounds like a great one. I did go buy a couple of the rat traps tonight- the kind with the bait hidden inside. Hopefully they'll take care of the problem very quickly. I might look into your PVC pipe one, too- could use a few more for the other coops.
  9. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2010
    Snap trap work best for me. I tried live trap and home made bucket trap without any success.
  10. Garden GirlS

    Garden GirlS New Egg

    Feb 23, 2012
    I decided to use a sticky trap at the suggestion of my pest control guy. I put my feeders on top of a double-wide milk crate, number 1 to weight things down in case the rat was struggling about, and 2 to keep the chickens away from the sticky trap . The rat slipped through the holes on the side of the crate, also later that night dug two tunnels to direct him under the feeder and simply turned around and covered the trap with dirt! Worthless attempt to rid ourselves of this menace. He's become so brave that I see him often. Seems he likes the heat lamp too. My girls are livid and have stopped supplying eggs and squawking loudly at his presence. Finally resorted to the One Bite product and it worked but their were others in the family hanging about. Still fighting the battle.

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