Rat

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by veronicadm8, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. veronicadm8

    veronicadm8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello everyone!
    Anyone have advice on how to get rid of a fairly large rat while keeping everyone else (bantam chickens, very curious turkeys, dogs, and a cat ) safe??
     
  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    A good pellet rifle works well...
     
  3. pauleberly

    pauleberly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im surprised your turkey and dogs and cats have not taken care of the problems. My chickens killed a small field mouse the other day
     
  4. eagleview123

    eagleview123 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm dealing with this right now, unfortunately my barn cat isn't doing his job! I bought a live trap and I've caught 3 rats so far. Baited it with some meat and pelleted feed.
     
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    My barn cats always felt that rats were my problem! If you see one, you've probably got many, and traps will only get a few. Poison is the only real solution, unfortunately, and having feed in metal containers. Mary
     
  6. eagleview123

    eagleview123 Out Of The Brooder

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    Live traps are definitely more time consuming but they do work. I won't do poison because it's not just the rats you kill. If you kill the rat and then a owl eats the rat or the cat eats the rat etc etc then you poison that animal. I've done live traps in the past and caught over 30 rats!!! That was when we first bought our property and there was a huge rat problem.

    Anyway, I agree keep feed in metal containers, try to keep garbage out of the area but if you live in a place like I do (lots of woods, brush etc) then rats are a constant battle. :(
     
  7. Rock Home Isle

    Rock Home Isle Chillin' With My Peeps


    I built a night vision scope for my pellet rifle...OMG the most fun predator problem I ever worked on.
     
  8. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    I hate using poison, but never actually say a dead or dying rodent. Hopefully they all went to their home burrows to die. It's not good , but sitting up all night trying to shoot all of them isn't going to happen here. Mary
     
  9. veronicadm8

    veronicadm8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the input everyone!! My mastiff stands guard at the sliding glass door watching for him all night and I definitely know when he's out!! Haha. He would LOVE to take care of the problem- but, being such a big dog moves just a bit too slow. I will give the live traps a try.
     

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