Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bwebb7, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. bwebb7

    bwebb7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2008
    Brooksville, Fl
    I have gone out after dark now 2 nights in a row and I have rats! How do I get rid of them?
  2. bywaterdog

    bywaterdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2008
    Quote:18 lb Scotty & a 208 lb Mastiff, sounds like you have 2 rat traps already there just waiting to be used.
  3. bwebb7

    bwebb7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2008
    Brooksville, Fl
    it is raining and muddy-the Scottie is white and the Mastiff is a wuss!
    help please!
  4. chick4chix

    chick4chix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    So Cal
    Quote:Sorry to hear about your rats- I too have rats from time to time- I would get rid of the first batch and be rat free for awhile, only to be followed by more later. I think it's an ongoing problem with chicken keeping- I mean, everything is there for them: food, water, shelter, bedding, nesting material- the works- what's not to love?
    I have tried all kinds of different traps set with every different kind of bait imaginable -all with limited results. I would catch one but not the next- they are incredibly smart.
    I finally resorted (very reluctantly) to poison- and have had success for the time being. I think you have to keep switching up your trapping/killing method because the word gets out in the rat world and they very quickly know what to stay away from
    If you do use poison- be SOOOOO Careful where you put it so you can monitor it and make sure no other animals can get into it. I know there is the risk of an animal eating the poisoned rat- but in my case, every rat died near the chicken food/water or at least they were almost dead and I quickly dispatched them upon discovery.
    Good Luck-
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Bait tubes and "Just One Bite" rat poison. Works like a charm.
  6. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2008
    Lynn Haven, FL
    You'll have to poison the rats. I would recommend a poison containing bromethelin which is a neuro toxin. One bite and they die. The hemmoragic poisons take multiple feedings to work and rats build up an immunity. Put the poison packets along the fence line or where they next. Chickens will eat the poison so make sure they can't get at it. Unfortunately, where ever you have chickens, you'll have rats or mice as they are drawn to spilled food the birds leave behind. If you see the rats in the daylight....you have a severe infestation problem.
  7. chickbird

    chickbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Quote:how are you keeping the chickens from eating the rats as you can't be with them all the time to collect the dead or sluggish rats? i did this but found one of my hens with one and had a time getting it away from her.??????

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