So here is your funny for the night. We are new to having chickens as we just got ours at the end of August. Not to far into this venture I was out cleaning their boxes and coop out. I had noticed that their feeder was empty which at the time I thought was odd because it had never been empty before. To clean their boxes out I have to climb up into that area. They weren't using the bottom boxes so I thought there was no harm in not cleaning them and just leaving the straw there rather than waste it. I climbed back out and went and got fresh straw. I filled the top boxes and then noticed what I thought was a feather in one of the bottom boxes. I reached in to grab said feather and toss it out. As I touched the feather it ran up my glove, up my arm and down my body. I was absolutely frozen because A. it wasn't a feather but a rat B. I had no idea if it was still on me ( hood of my sweatshirt, down my boots??). I very calmly backed out of the coop to see my husband standing near by. I told him we have a rat problem. The only thing he utters is "What makes you think that?" Folks...that is when I did swear!