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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kesta, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. Kesta

    Kesta Pie Crust Malfunction

    Jul 31, 2008
    houston tx
    theres a rat under my shed which is where my free ranging chickens like to hang out.is it okay to leave this rat?i mean if i do my chickens will play exterminator,but is it ok for them to eat it

  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Chickens will exterminate mice nests, but not very likely they'll get the rat. Rats are disease vectors and should be eliminated immediately. They also reproduce like there's no tomorrow, so the sooner the better. If you've seen one, there is probably at least an entire family dwelling under that shed.

    edited for typos

    Last edited: Aug 3, 2008
  3. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing Premium Member

    Get rid of the rat. My chickens have killed 4-5 rats and have managed to eat a couple before we found them in the run.
    BTW, where there is one rat, there is more! Get out your traps and walnuts.
  4. DDRanch

    DDRanch Songster

    Feb 15, 2008
    Have to agree, there is never one rat, or mouse. Best to get rid of them.

  5. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Rats and mice don't carry disease as often as most people think. I really don't consider it a big deal around here. However rats are extremely destructive and they will reproduce like crazy given a chance. Last time we had rats they dug out the limestone base around the stable, tunneled under the concrete walkway, tore apart 10 bales of oat straw, destroyed 2 bags of feed, ate probably another 2 bags worth, chewed out the side of 10 bags of shavings...... Finally we emptied all the hay out of the building and let the dog go at them. Wipe them out now before they start chewing holes in your coop and making off with eggs, feed, or even chicks.
  6. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    We had some we just released some snakes and got rid of the prob. As long as u keep your chickens safe from the snakes. We've never had snake probs. But I enjoyed watching the rats run around I would sit and watch them eat.
  7. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

    Jan 20, 2008
    Quote:What snakes did you release? Where did you get them?
    My cousin released alligators in a lake to get rid of nutria and red eared sliders, but he had to re-trap them once they finished the job so they wouldn't populate the area. I'd love to release snakes at my house to help with rodents, but I'd be worried about messing with the balance of nature, that sort of thing (not that I haven't already screwed it up by populating part of it with my chickens [​IMG] )

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