We are over run by RATS! We have kept Chicken feed away when chickens have eaten, still have them. We have done the catch released about 10 miles away in an open field,,,,, they are smart, walk around the trap cage. We have caught 9 in the last month, but their are literally families of them running around inside the chicken pens when the chickens are out and about in our yard/property. We literally can stand and watch them, they are not afraid, only run when we walk up close to them!! We don't want to kill them, but, at this point, it's the RATS or us and our chickens. We have 12 chickens. We were in Home Depot and found RAT X, pellets. The clerk said it's good because when the RAT eats the pellets, they die and when they do, their insides are desolved so no death stink is left. My question is this. Where would they die? If we don't smell them, how would we find them? Probably a dumb question. Also, I'm worried about Cats that come around and would they eat the dead RAT? Our 2 Cats are inside Cats!! We plan to fence off an area that is close to the where the chickens are, RATS hang out,,,,to put the poison down in Clay saucers,,,,,,the Chickens will not be able to be near the poison, only the Rats. Question? Would the RATS be able to carry the poison in their mouths and perhaps drop it in the Chicken pen? They would be able to still get in there since I imagine they have tunnels etc. The Coop is inside the pen itself,, as well. I just don't want to kill my Chickens in the process or perhaps kill a Cat that is not mine.