It's so horrible I can barely type it. In 15 years of raising I have never worried to much about this predator.the family was inside about 11 pm we were watching tv we heard the chickens screaming there scared voice hubby jumps up runs to the coop . I had to throw boots on I was 1 min behind him . I run to the coop all my semeras roost in the window. I have 5 3 month old in there my smallest girl is upside down in a little hole . Hubby is tugging gently on her by the feet and he has a look in his face I scream don't pull to hard she is stuck!!!! He looks at me and says oh no he pulls a little harder and I scream omg its a rat! This rat has my little sweet girl and is pulling her down into the hole hubby says grab me something I see a 2x2 he takes it and smacks the rat on the head . My poor girls neck is eaten away I never have seen felt so horrible in all my life the rats dead my baby is dead and the rest of chickens will not go over to that side of coop for nothing. Hubby was so sick to his stomach he patched every hole he got rat traps and we have caught 16 in a week I just had let you all know rats will eat chickens !!!!!!