In the Brooder
- Oct 9, 2012
What is the best way to rid coops and runs of rats. I have sealed the food and there is nothing left out at night.
are u in uk?What is the best way to rid coops and runs of rats. I have sealed the food and there is nothing left out at night.
Mary,Many cats won't tackle adult rats, only babies. Little killer terriers will get rats, but training one to ignore chickens is another BIG issue.
Traps generally are ineffective; you may get one or two, but then no more. And if you see one, there are MANY more present!
It's essential to have a totally safe coop at night, with no openings larger than 1/2" (one cm.) and no way to dig in. If rats can get in, they can not only eat feed and eggs, but they will kill chickens at night. I lost three nice bantams last spring that way!!!
The only really effective method is to use poison, very carefully, so nobody else is affected.