Rat Poison

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by hitgsd, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. hitgsd

    hitgsd Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2011
    My husband put out rat poison in a shed without telling me. I discovered it tonight. My chickens have had free access to the area around the shed. I do not know exactly where he put down the poison. So far no dead/sick chickens. But I have no idea if they have ingested any or ingested a mouse or rat that was killed by it. My question is are the eggs safe? Right now my instinct is to pitch them all, and keep pitching them until I have been able to clean up the poison and let a period of time go by to make sure the chickens do not have any in their system. I sell these eggs not to mention my children eat them so I would prefer not to take any chances. I feel like pitching the husband too. Beyond mad that he did this with out saying a word.
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  2. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2010
    Safford, Arizona
    Gee thats tough question! Hope your chickens looks healthy enough for you to eat eggs!
  3. Tallulah Chicklet

    Tallulah Chicklet Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 9, 2011
    New Haven, CT
    What kind of poison did he use?
  4. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2007
    Fair Oaks, California
    i am wondering, too, what kind of poison. When you discovered it, did it look like some had been eaten? You mentioned still trying to clean up the poison, so i would be very concerned about finding out from DH exactly what and how much was put where, then trying to locate and remove it all.

    Also, depending on the type of poison, it could take days to see effects in your chickens or any of the target animals. Some poisons work quickly, some slow, some will just effect the animal that has eaten it, and some will make that dead body toxic. There is probably a phone number to call on the box of poison to get clarity on what you can expect.

    For safety sake, you probably do not want to use any of those eggs until you are certain your chickens are not effected.
  5. hitgsd

    hitgsd Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2011
    Since I posted this I had an opportunity to speak to my sister in law. She is a wildlife biologist married to a wildlife biologist who works for the federal government in animal damage control. He puts out rabies vaccine baits, and poison among many other things. Anyway the chance of the chickens passing on any poison they may have eaten to eggs is zero. The poison does not work like that. And if the hens had ingested any well they would probably be dead. As for eating a dead rat or mouse that would probably not kill the chickens. The poison ( I do not know the name) was placed in the girders of a steel shed, it is probably 20 feet high. So they can not get at the poison cubes, not pellets. But they are still being contained in a pen away from the shed, and they are not happy. But they are all alive and healthy.
  6. The Lazy L

    The Lazy L Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2011

    Well....make your hubby a big breakfast of scrambled eggs and let us know how it turns out..... [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2012
  7. joan1708

    joan1708 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    DFW - mid cities, Tx
  8. wolt45

    wolt45 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2012
    Deep East Texas
    I have read where lots of rat poison has stychnine.Strychnine will not kill birds that are born with eyes open,such as chickens.I hear old timers say that owls will catch chickens and let them season before eating them.the old timers say when you have hens killed by owls you look near by, find the dead hen and rub the meat with strychnine and it will kill the owls.They say owls have to peck their young out of the shell for they hatch with their eyes closed.
  9. Mr Chicken 1

    Mr Chicken 1 New Egg

    May 19, 2014
    my chicken ate a full thing of rat poison. we didn't eat any of the eggs and were not sure what to to. about two weeks later we found the chicken dead.[​IMG]
    Last edited: May 31, 2014
  10. Charmainehowden

    Charmainehowden New Egg

    Jun 16, 2014
    Hi I had the same problem this morning my chickens got out the pen, I noticed when they was pecking away at the bait trays rat posion :(
    Should I not eat any of the egg now . I am hoping my chickens are going to be ok :(
    I'm really worried I will go out tomorrow to feed them n find them dead , I know they didn't have a lot of the poison but don't know how much they need to affect them . I am so angry with myself I should have being more careful when it comes to putting the poison out now , I'm going to make it more safer x
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2014

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