Rat Holes?!?!? Need opinions please.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by QuackerJackFarms, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. QuackerJackFarms

    QuackerJackFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's the situation.. Ducks haven't laid in 6 weeks. I used to get at least 2 a day. Then last week chicken eggs started to slow down.. now I'm on day 4 of no eggs at all. I did a little investigation since this seems odd for all my chickens to just stop on the same day. Here is what I found under a 3x4 board.


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    Let me also add... I've noticed their feed consumption has drastically increased. I also notice a huge mound of dirt behind the chicken coop, but assumed that was from the ground hog problem we have.

    Thoughts?? Thanks for your answers in advance.
     
  2. MarineCorpFarmr

    MarineCorpFarmr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Start setting some traps. Get a roll of hardware cloth and get that all covered up. As for the hole you could flood it, fill it, or gas it. All viable solutions.
     
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  3. QuackerJackFarms

    QuackerJackFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Just drug one out. What should I bait it with? I have no eggs. LOL!! Feed maybe?
     
  4. MarineCorpFarmr

    MarineCorpFarmr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Feed, eggs, peanut butter. all should work well. Also you can use heavy rocks over the hardware cloth for added defense.
     
  5. QuackerJackFarms

    QuackerJackFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the advice. So would you say it's safe to say these are definantly rats?? I'm in some serious denial! It's like they just showed up one day!
     
  6. MarineCorpFarmr

    MarineCorpFarmr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could be. or squirrels. you could put a night vision game camera out there and see what you catch on film to be sure.
     
  7. QuackerJackFarms

    QuackerJackFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in the process of digging that out too. Thanks for everything.
     
  8. MarineCorpFarmr

    MarineCorpFarmr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No problem at all, we are all fighting the same fight lol
     
  9. Sandyd

    Sandyd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rats. They have several different entries and their mounds are mealy looking. They are a problem especially this time of year. Looks like they may be using some of the feathers for nest material.
    Put some rat blocks down the holes, cover with hardware cloth and put the board back on with weighted rock or something. Good luck.
     
  10. QuackerJackFarms

    QuackerJackFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey Sandy... describe what you mean by "mealy looking". Because I thought the dirt look.... funny like. Like little bitty round balls. Kinda like that dippin dots ice cream you get. lol. Is that what you mean?
     

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