so tired of this! Rats visit my coops every night.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by umarson, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. umarson

    umarson Chirping

    Jun 1, 2015
    I blocked all holes in the coop but rats still come in from the roofing. Am afraid I can't poison them cos my girls might be poisoned too. The rats poo in the drinker making the water bad before morning.

  2. nchls school

    nchls school Songster

    Apr 22, 2015

    Use the poison. The rats will eat eggs and adult chickens. Remove water and feed later in the day so it won't become contaminated over night. Where rats are concerned I know of no other way of getting rid of them. Good luck.
  3. goosiesnougs

    goosiesnougs Chirping

    Oct 4, 2014
    New England
    It was expensive, but I invested in a grandpas feeder. If you can't afford that & are handy I've seen
    Treadle feeder instructions on utube. Not only can the rats etc. not get into it, but there is a wire over the food where the birds saves feed cost because they're unable to toss it around/out and be choosy! You should have seen the size of the rat we killed in our coop! It was literally the size of a house cat. He was VERY well fed.
    You could also make sure the chickens are in for the night and get a rat trap set out with peanut butter for bait, the rat traps are HUGE (can get them from a local hardware store) be careful with your fingers! Best of luck with your solution.
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I'd put out the poison. We had a rat infestation several years ago, and that was the only way to do it. Make sure the poison is not accessible to the birds. In my case, they were living under the coop (it was on the ground so they had a good hiding place), so we put the poison under there, too.

  5. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Crowing

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
    Diligence is the only way to get rid of them...and cleaning up the areas they like to congregate like old wood piles and brush.

    I personally don't want to use the poison as I have too many pets/kids, etc. I've heard too many reports of the rats tracking the bait around where other animals can get it.

    We just put out a lot of traps and maintained them vigilantly. Put the trap inside an inverted milk crate so the rats can get in but the birds can't get to the trap. (I've had a bird killed by a rat trap).

    Then yes, take up food and water at night or place tight coverings over them.

    I haven't invested in a treadle feeder as the ones I've seen would simply be used by the rats around here...I've seen mine climb up and use complicated bird feeders (one reason why I don't have bird feeders).

    Good luck.

  6. umarson

    umarson Chirping

    Jun 1, 2015
    Thank you all for your suggestions. But I guess I have to use too many rat traps cos there is a large bushy area behind where we live. And the rats normaly come for food at night and return before dawn/sunrise. I can here there movement on the roof once its dark.
    Some of the chickens sleep on the ground while others above on wooden bars I made in the coop for them to make a choice of where to sleep. I have 60 chickens now cos 2 of them died of coccidiosis. Temp 20-28 degrees on the range.

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