Rats and chicks?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ticks, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    I am moving my pheasant chicks into a larger area in the garage. It would be pretty easy for a rat to get in and do some destruction. My questions are, can a rat kill a 4 week old chick? and how can I get rid of a rat without rat traps or poison. Is there a hav-a-hart small enough?
     
  2. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

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    ABSOLUTELY!! I had several 6 week old chicks killed and eaten by rats. Once a chicken reaches full size its the rats that have to watch out.
    But with pheasants.............why risk it?

    You almost have to use poison to get rid of rats. You trap one and the rest stay away from traps. They ain't stupid. Or you sit with a .22 and target practice. Lots of time and patience.
    I have a small hav-a-hart. No matter what I baited it with I could not catch a rat.
     
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  3. warcard

    warcard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will need to put half-inch by half-inch hardware cloth on the sides of the hav-a-heart trap. Rats can fit through the regular sides.
     
  4. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They sure can and the sure will. Try putting out some plaster of paris baited with canned dog food where the chicks can't get to it. The rats will eat it and once ingested, it will absorb the moisture in the rats body. Need I say more?!?! Rat problem solved!
     
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  5. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    My grandpa made a poison called "three step" the animal takes 3 steps than it dies. I might buy some rat traps today.
     
  6. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

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    Quote:My small hav-a-hart has smaller openings/mesh. The problem was they wouldn't go in it. They only went after the LIVE chicks. I even tried baiting it with a 4 week old chick that had died in the brooder.
     
  7. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    You know, I keep reading about folks here losing birds due to lack of biosecurity and hearing about the trauma they are the survivors suffer. I can offer you only the comfort of biosecurity because rats are violent and persistent hunters of chicks, and they are not the only enemy.
     

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