Alrighty so I have a prob me and my dad are almost done with my chicken coop. I think i have everything planned for but theres one thing that were still in disagreement about. The run. Our coop is a cement building and my dad thinks that he can cut a hole in the side. Then we were planning on making a little door to close at night. But then he talked to some of his friends. They said that rats would get to my chickens if we cut a hole in the side of the house. So my dad's like, oh we don;t need a run. But I don't wanna free range my chickens due to my poor front gate and the fact that I would have to protect my moms garden and keep an eye on them all day due to my less than honest neighbors. Please tell me, will rats kill chickens? I've only seen one rat since I moved her almost a year and a half ago, but my dad is worried. backyard chicken people are great! I know someone can help me.