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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by snoopysflock, Aug 22, 2014.
my friend has rats in his chicken coop and cant get them out. any ideas?
How To Protect Your Chickens From Rats
Posted to another query:
My understanding is that rats are everywhere.
They will congregate and breed where there is available food water, and shelter.
Look closely around any fast food restaurant and you will see rat bait stations.
They will eventually come, the idea is to prevent them from establishing a colony.
If you see 1, there are probably fifty.
If you see two or more holes, expect dozens.
Keeping a rat trap/bait station baited 24/7 hopefully keeps the population from establishing near your food source. Once established, they are very difficult to eliminate.
Remember, chickens don't attract rats, food does.
That said, I fabricated black 6 inch circular x 18" long drainage plastic pipe as a bait station.
Placed along the outside of my coop, looks like drainage pipe (not unsightly).
I put a t fitting in the center, capped, for easy viewing once a week.
Inside I maintain commercial rat poison.
My run has food scraps 24/7.
My coop has food access 24/7.
Water access 24/7.
5 years, no sign of rats...
Hope this helps.
Thank you for the advice this should help
Should work for rats too.
"Click on the blue youtube link below:"
Need pics, please!
please send pics. I'd love to try this.
Here is a DIY video. One suggestion for best trapping results do not saturate the can as in the video with peanut butter but apply a narrow belt of bait around the middle of the can. You want your quarry to have all four or at least 3 feet on the can at some juncture. I use a plastic water bottle in place of the can it works great as well. The longer the can or bottle the better.