Okay,so the gist of this issue is that a neighbor told my mother that chickens 'attract' rats. Now obviously rats are attracted to barnyards by the food and dung and they eat chicken eggs. But we just have a hobby thing going on here,with my 5 older pullets out in our shed and the 1 young chick in the brooder. Our shed does have openings at the top,and squirrels have burrowed into it before and chewed up the floor.(that was before we replaced it with better wood) I'm not really worried about rats,I keep the feed covered and my gals are always clean.They're just reaching 7 weeks and so have not started laying either. So should I be worried about rats in the future? My mother is pretty much having a cow on the subject,she's a bit of a clean freak and terrified of anything that isn't 'domesticated'. Please help,I'd like to lay her worries to rest!Thank you all!