Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Hatrick, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. Hatrick

    Hatrick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2009
    Anyone have a safe and effective way to deal with rats? Big rats.
    I'm just waiting for the neighbours to get a good look at these things eating out of the chicken food dish and then call the by-law officer. [​IMG]
  2. Funky Feathers

    Funky Feathers former Fattie

    Jan 15, 2009
    My Coop
    "Hatrick"?? Oh my, HatTrick Silkies is going to have a ball with that. Might want to change it. [​IMG]
  3. Hatrick

    Hatrick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2009
    Um, alright, but it's my last name...
  4. Raiquee

    Raiquee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2010
    Big Bend, WI
    I'm sure their last name is fine?? Plus it's not like they are a new member or anything...

    Can you do trapping? Rats are generally out both during the day and at night, so after the chickens are in the coop for the night, set a few humane traps. That way in case a chicken accidently walks in, it won't harm them. Although I would trap at night.

    However this is just a temp fix, relocate as far away as possible, or kill em. I am not sure what you can do long term that won't be harmful to the chickens.
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:So DON'T change it! Yer not advertising Silkies anyway.

    I have read about the bucket method of killing rats. Big bucket half full of water, sunflower seeds scattered on the top of the water... rat goes in, can't get out, drowns. Can't swear it works well, but have read about others using that method. Make sure the chickens can't get into it unless THEY can get out!

    Good luck .
  6. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Stonington, illinois
    speaking of rats they have invaded my flowers [​IMG] only kidding (my daughter's rats)
    Dont know what to try that wouldnt hurt your chickens. If they are like mine they would set off a trap becareful of poisons
  7. newham0614

    newham0614 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2010
    sounds like an interesting game of target practice...
  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    If you live trap them, please don't relocate them (in other words, dump your problem on someone else). Kill them. Some friends of ours were overrun with rats and mice. They put out feed (where the chickens couldn't get to it) mixed with cement mix. The rats started dying, the surviving ones moved on, and they haven't had a problem since. Good luck!
  9. Keens2050

    Keens2050 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 24, 2010
    Narvon, PA
    Hmmm....interesting that I found a dead rat...yes, a rat, in the back yard last week. We have an outside cat who would have killed him. Never thought that he'd be going after the feed we have in chicken run. That's the first rat I've seen since we've been here 11 years. Now I've made the connection as to why a rat would be around. Eek! Now am I going to have to take up the chicken feed every night? 'Cause if there's one - there's a dozen.
  10. toto65

    toto65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2010
    Holland, VT
    I was going to ask the exact same question as the one that started this thread. Last night I wnet out to make sure all the birds were tucked up nice and safe in the coop and heard a rustling in an empty grain bag. Looked in and what was looking out but a RAT! Chipmunks OK, squirrels not so OK but not too bad, but RATS! Grabbed the bag held it closed and yelled for my husband to come with the .22. He came out , I dumped the rat but it ran too fast for him to get it. It headed back up the hill to the neighbors farm so I am thinking that is where it came from. I have had birds in this same coop for 3 years and this is the first rat I have seem. Years ago I had a problem with them at an other place where I had birds and meat rabbits. A condemmed house up the road was torn down and the rats relocated to my barn. I did finally find a way to get rid of them. I found a rat bait at the local Farm & Garden store that worked really well, it is a corn based brick kind of waxy that the rats loved to eat but the birds and rabbits wouldn't touch, not that I gave them the chance! [​IMG] Looks like I am off to the Farmyard store today!

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