Rodents & chickens & feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by tndalexander, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. tndalexander

    tndalexander Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello I am looking for tips on keeping rodents away from my hens, and after last night my bunnies as well. We pour poison down any holes & close them off.

    I also put the garden hose down the holes & turn it on the Pitts make a game of trying to catch them pop out of other holes.

    However I had a big loss to an opossum & night before last it appears a rat killed one of my bunnies. The dogs got the big possum but the bunnies are in stainless steel rabbit cages & the bars are small feeder & water-er built in like

    I keep the feed in the enclosed back porch in a large Tupperware bin with lid. any ideas on killing these rodents with out harming the domestic stock?
     
  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    we keep a trap baited at all times, I live in the suburbs and you'd still be amazed at how many possum and coon we've caught (and killed!)
     
  3. tndalexander

    tndalexander Out Of The Brooder

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    What type of trap please. I am leery of tossing poison out I have very strong dogs they are very protective of the hens & one rat was chewing a hens leg at 3 am I did not hear any thing but my big male pitt was going mad I let him out & I saw something fly in the air ran out picked up a hen she was bleeding & he turned around with a cat size rat fresh killed. I was able to save the hen, but I really need to get rid of these rodents. My dogs are house kept & they have very short coats not good for MI winters.

    I need a trap that is dog proof, allowed to be pretty close to the hen house, & deadly to the rats but not the live stock.
     
  4. tndalexander

    tndalexander Out Of The Brooder

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    Also I only feed the hens what they can eat in the morning then again at night so as not to draw any more rodents. Some times like with chicks I pop out to give them strawberries, & corn snack for lunch but that is only what they eat right there & then
     

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