rat in the coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Cremesoda34, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. Cremesoda34

    Cremesoda34 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's winter time here in indiana and so that means rats and mice want my coop for shelter and food. I found several chewed holes this morning and want to know what is the best way to get rid of them. I can't put poison in the coop as you all know the chickens will eat it.
    Any suggestions ?
     
  2. Ted n Ms

    Ted n Ms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think i would set a trap where chickens can't get to it and bait it with meat or peanut butter. If it is a rat use a large trap.[​IMG]
     
  3. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

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    You could stuff steel wool in the holes, then tack up some hardware cloth around the walls where they seem to be getting in. If you use a snap trap for either mice or rats, make sure the chickens can't get to it! A rat trap could kill a chicken. I have 9 cats, so mice haven't been a problem for me, and if the mice did get in the coop, the chickens would eat them!
     
  4. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use hot wire. Here's a couple that didn't make it in.[​IMG]
     
  5. Ted n Ms

    Ted n Ms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's what i'm talking about...... a good rat.
     

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