We have a visitor, possible rat

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by millerchix, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. millerchix

    millerchix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have discovered there is a rat, we think since we have not seen, that comes to our coop. The coop is attached to a garden shed. We go into the shed to get the eggs from the nesting boxes. In November I went to get the eggs and it was dark. All I heard was a loud hiss and movement from behind me. I am in WA State so snakes is not possible. I had a light with me but whatever it was hid or ran. Since then we have only had 2 more encounters. My husband believes it to be a rat. No chickens have been harmed. Should we just set a trap in the shed to kill it? Any advice is appreciated.
    TIA
     
  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    Yes set a trap. I wouldn't put any poison out because your chickens might get into it.
     
  3. millerchix

    millerchix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will a rat attack the hens?
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Not likely to go after full grown hens. Young chicks perhaps and certainly the feed.
     
  5. Cknldy

    Cknldy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A hiss? What about an opossum? Quick and slick creatures. It may have figured out there's a meal on the other side but not how to get to it yet. Set a small creature trap with cat food- a lot of creatures go for it. As for rats, I like the box live traps myself cuz u can get more than 1 at a time and don't have to worry about unintended people/pets getting snapped.
     

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