RAT question

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by violetsky, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. violetsky

    violetsky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2011
    Huntsville, Alabama
    I've been waiting for a special hen to lay an egg and she is waaay over due. I know there are rats around, is it possible they are
    eating an entire egg nightly? The hen sits quietly in the same box, same position nightly and there is never an egg. The hen gets
    a good mixed diet and daily commercial feed. I've tried poisoning the rats, using snap traps and even a havahart trap, but can't seem
    to erradicate them. I even try to feed just what the chickens eat in day. During the day the hen runs in a small fenced enclosure without
    any kind of harrassment from predators.
  2. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Mora MN.
    If you see rats you have A lot of them try a barn cat.
  3. violetsky

    violetsky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2011
    Huntsville, Alabama
    Oddly enough, I'm surrounded by neighborhood cats. Only one hunts and its after my frogs and koi!
  4. 1 hen and 1 roo

    1 hen and 1 roo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2011
    Ouachita Mountains
    I'd sure like to know the answer to this question as well.
    We have mice too and they are annoying me and probably the chickens as well. Not to mention the diseases they carry.
    Do not know how to get ride of them. We have a cat and 2 dogs and do not want to poison them.
    We have put out numerous traps in the garage room and caught many mice but still see many.
    What is the best plan of action for ridding them from the coops?

    We also see holes in the ground (tunnels I guess) where they get in and eat the chicken feed.

    I have wondered if they take eggs as well. Seems like I should be getting more eggs than we do.
  5. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    Quote:Mice won't take the eggs or break them, rats will. You can exclude rats with a very tight coop. It's almost impossible to keep mice out.
    You'll never get rid of the mice, the best you can do is to control them. Pick up food at night. Don't spread any more scratch than the birds will eat before bedtime. Use lots of traps. We've had good success with the "Tin Cat" mouse traps. They can catch about 10 mice at a time. It is a live trap though, so you have to do something with them. I usually empty them into a five gallon bucket with some water.
  6. rosegal

    rosegal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2008
    Tustin, CA
    I ordered and haven't used it yet The Coop Sentry. It is a stone that is soaked in awful smelling stuff that will repel critters. You might want to look into this product cuz I can tell it will probably work....it smells really bad and I haven't opened it yet.
  7. pamperedpoultry

    pamperedpoultry CHICKENFIED

    They sure will, I had a problem with that not too long ago, I've also had friends have chicks and smaller juvies get taken by "larger rats" Good luck getting rid of them. I think I get mine under control and then they'll show back up.. We have 2 cats and they never have killed any but maybe a baby or two.
  8. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2010
    Buckeye chickens are supposed to eat mice. There are electronic rat zappers that kill rats without poison. They're not cheap.

    I agree about bringing in feed at night, and not over feeding.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2011
  9. violetsky

    violetsky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2011
    Huntsville, Alabama
    I've seen my dorking and ameraucana tear a baby rat up and eat it. I was hosing out the coop and a fuzzy baby rat rolled out. I was actually going
    to rescue it since it was so young looked away and it it disappeared. I thought it had run away, looked down a minute later and the chickens had mutilated and were
    almost done eating. I have a hard time killing things, but did set out those blue cubes of poison. The first night all of it disappeared and later I found
    just 2 dead rats. I thought a larger animal must have eaten it so I don't like setting out poison. I can't believe I'm so dumb I didnt think of an obvious test
    to find out if rats are eating my eggs, tonight I will leave an egg from
    the refridgerator in my hen's box and see what happens.
  10. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    so your pullet is sleeping in the nest and not on a roost?

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