Rats

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by youtubeminer, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. youtubeminer

    youtubeminer Chillin' With My Peeps

    302
    5
    61
    Jul 1, 2015
    My friend chickens are nice and one night I was locking them inside their coop and notice something pass next to my foot. ( I was right next to the door.) I looked and saw a rat I throw the rat out of the coop. How do you deal with this the feed is 1 foot high so is the water is there a way to get the rat out of my friends chicken coop? Or my friend is going to solve it with a bullet. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. KittyKat3756

    KittyKat3756 Chillin' With My Peeps

    135
    15
    61
    Aug 16, 2014
    Norfolk, UK
    Rats can have a go at the chickens if there's no easier food available. Best thing to do is make sure there are no holes anywhere and don't let the rat in. Otherwise, set a trap for it to catch it, but if there's any way to the food, rats will be back.
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

    10,249
    3,325
    461
    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Absolutely, rats are a threat to chickens. Rats need to be trapped and killed. Along with trapping rats, good housekeeping will discourage them. Rats depend on a steady food source from spilled grains, accumulated feathers for their nests, and if they can access the coop and run, shelter. Rats have been known to chew body parts off chickens as the chickens sleep on their perches at night.

    Your friend needs to plug all accesses with steel wool. Then clean all the spilled food out of coop and run. Then buy some rat traps. Care needs to be taken not to place these where the chickens can get to them, however, as rat traps can break a chicken's neck as they go to eat the bait.

    How is your friend fixed for funds? I like those electric rat traps. They're easy to use, no messy mangled dead bodies to deal with, and they're much safer around chickens. But they're expensive.

    Just don't use poison. It's too easy for it to find its way back to the chickens and kill them.
     
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

    7,752
    2,289
    416
    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Carefully done, poison is the best solution for rat infestations. Traps may get some, but never the whole colony, because the rats are too smart. Having a coop that is rat proof, no feed left outside, and poison if necessary; I've used it twice in 26 years here! Mary
     
  5. youtubeminer

    youtubeminer Chillin' With My Peeps

    302
    5
    61
    Jul 1, 2015
    Why do you need to plug it with steel wool??
     
  6. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

    10,249
    3,325
    461
    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Steel wool is a material that rodents find unpleasant to unacceptable to chew through and it also has the advantages of being cheap and flexible to being stuffed into tiny crevices and holes that are otherwise hard to seal up.
     
  7. youtubeminer

    youtubeminer Chillin' With My Peeps

    302
    5
    61
    Jul 1, 2015
    Thank all of you but today when I checked on them the rat was dead by the chickens so they ganged on the rat and pecked it to death
     
  8. KittyKat3756

    KittyKat3756 Chillin' With My Peeps

    135
    15
    61
    Aug 16, 2014
    Norfolk, UK
    Probably best outcome in the long term! Just make sure there's no way for the rats to get in in the future.
     
  9. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

    10,249
    3,325
    461
    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Hah! Those are chickens that earn their keep, for sure!
     
  10. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

    8,843
    3,881
    441
    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    You still want to figure out how to block access for them. If you see one rat, you can bet there are more.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by