Should I kill the rats?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Soot the silkie, Jul 17, 2016.

  1. Soot the silkie

    Soot the silkie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2014
    Humboldt, California
    We have a bunch of rats who frequent the chicken yard, but they've been there for awhile and they do no harm, just nibble whatever is on the ground. They avoid the chickens and the chickens avoid them. Is there any need to kill them or can they live in peace with the chickens? They've never gotten in the coop or bothered the hens.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2016
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Rats are frequently carriers of Salmonella and E Coli and can contaminate feed and water. I would kill them.
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Your rat colony needs to be eliminated ASAP; add Leptospirosis and plague, and other nasty diseases, to the list above. Mary
  4. bigoledude

    bigoledude Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2011
    SE, Louisiana
    Naaawww, they're so cute. And, they only nibble on the leftovers. And, I mean how bad can a little salmonella, E Coli, Leptospirosis or plague be?

    I mean the poor little things are only doing what comes natural to them. And, they were there before you. The fact they may very well render every egg your chickens lay a salmonella bomb, is little price to pay for being a true animal lover. I'm against killing any living creature. Even if that creature is slaughtering my stock and indiscriminately dismembering them while screaming and still alive.

    Some people just don't understand that, although they wantonly kill and will return to kill again and again, that this predatory/killer nature should not be held against them. I mean come on, poison eggs, sick and dying family members and stock being eaten while still alive.....

    In fact if, you allow them to live, and continue to feed them, you will soon have thousands of these cuties to keep you company. Absolutely do not kill them!
  5. Soot the silkie

    Soot the silkie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2014
    Humboldt, California
    Okay, now I have no doubt. Thanks, I was just futilely hoping :)

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