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  1. [​IMG]This is my first post so here goes....I found a rat in the hen-house and immediately bought a 'snap trap ' and was unable to catch the rat w/the trap [although he ate the peanut butter off with out snapping the trap]the hens and boss the rooster freaked out two nights in a row when they saw rat. [3am I have a night lite for them. I was worried about the hens getting bitten by rat. BUT I am not worried now rat was found dead the next day with a blow to the head!!ONLY SIGN OF HIT WAS A SPOT ON RAT'S NOSE .CLEAN HIT AND THEY DIDN'T TRY TO EAT HIM, WHICH WAS MY OTHER WORRY.! thought this might be a concern for other s. I'll be forever grateful if this helps one person not go through what worry I went through for 2 weeks.
    'I also had feral cats and dogs stalking my chickens when they were roaming my fenced yard, Solution...I bought a Beebe pistol and they ran at the sound of my missed shots headed their way. no one got hurt just scared off.!!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I watched one day around sundown as about 6 chickens jointly jumped down off the roost onto a mouse, killed and ate him. The mouse was consumed in about 10 seconds. I couldn't have moved fast enough to have stopped it if I wanted to.

    Where you see one, there are others.
     
  3. leonphelps

    leonphelps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    put the peanut butter under the plate also. works wonders for me.
     
  4. hartsfarm

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    i had the same problem in my feed room. so i bought the traps with a cup in the center and some green paste at tractor supply. you put the paste in the cup and it works great. I caught 6 rats in three days. what ever the green bait is works. it is a little white squeeze bottle so it is not messy. just a note: i was told peanut butter and cheese and other things would work and had no hits. bought the bait and had instant result. good luck
     
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    the product name is TOM CAT mouse attractent. sold at tractor supply. they have the traps there to.
     
  6. mommanine

    mommanine Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm going to try this. My daughter went out to shut up the chickens tonight and saw four rats in the coop! Yuck! I knew we had some- one of the barn cats killed one in that coop recently- but I had no idea it was that bad. We used poison last year, but then a few of my chickens died within days of putting it down, so I'm afraid they managed to eat some. ( it was shoved down into the hole, but apparently not far enough.) The trap sounds much safer for the birds. Thanks!
     

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