rats around hen house but don't want to kill them

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by laura-leah, May 27, 2012.

  1. laura-leah

    laura-leah Hatching

    May 27, 2012
    i want to keep the rats out, but not kill them - and i don't know if i can underwire enough to allow the girls to dust bath (which they absolutely love) and make the pen and house rat proof

    is there anything else i can do - killing the rats is not an option

    thank you
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

    Dec 22, 2009
    I've never had to deal with rat problems so I can't help but [​IMG]
  3. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon

    Jan 27, 2007
    Use .5" hardware cloth to skirt the area (under the coop?) attach to coop and fold a foot or so, at the bottom away from coop/area. Then either bury lengths of the hardware cloth/or place on ground surface (stake/weigh down) - should have about 2.5' of hardware cloth on/underground all around area. All windows/openings-cracks in coop should be covered with hardware cloth. All food sources should be removed at night. Fill in all holes.

    That said, unless you make your coop/home utterly disgusting to the rats (tough to do) they'll breed like, well, rats and you'll be praying for the Pied Piper.

    Very good luck, let us know how the kinder/gentler population and chook protection control program works out for you.
  4. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    If you block acess to all food sources they wont hang around as much , they will spend more time looking for greener pastures , would you stay where there is no food [​IMG] . That being said its unlikley youll get rid of them completly but if you keep food from were they can get at it and dont have a bunch of nice nesting places the population will dwindle down. Make shure they never have acess to sick or young birds though they are scavangers and foragers but they can kill though they do it far less often then dogs and racoons and cyoties and hawks and such.
  5. CariLynn

    CariLynn Songster

    Aug 23, 2010
    State of confusion
    May I ask WHY you want to keep them around?
  6. dallas1

    dallas1 In the Brooder

    May 20, 2012
    Batchtown IL. 30+ Years!
    Good ?

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