What does this sound like it would be

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Poultrybonkers, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. Poultrybonkers

    Poultrybonkers Overrun With Chickens

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    In my chicken coop there are pretty big holes on the inside walls there's like 3 or 4 and a random hole in the middle of the coop. I thought it was rats so I put poison in the holes and covered them back up today everyhole that was buried its back to being opened up. What does it found like it would be?
     
  2. canesisters

    canesisters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you get picts? How big are the holes? Were they opened back up by being pushed out from underneath or dug open from above?
     
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    christineavatar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It does look like rats. I have the same problem. Look around on BYC for ways to get rid of them.
     
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    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    canesisters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I spent nearly a year being out-smarted by rats in my barn. I was determined to not use poison since I have a couple of barn cats, so I looked into every 'non poison' suggestion.
    1. mothballs down the hole - nearly gagged me to death and even if I filled the holes back in, they just pushed them back open and scattered the balls around the hole
    2. aquarium gravel - the idea was that it couldn't pack and would trap and suffocate.... made real colorful decorations all around the barn when they pushed it out of their holes
    3. spring traps - nearly lost a finger... caught the horse 2x... lost a LOT of bait
    4. glue traps - had gotten so desperate by this time that I turned a few upside down, shoved them down the holes and back filled them.. thinking 'All right you little buggers, let's see you dig your way out without getting your whole back stuck!" - they all got pushed back out, I had to shave one off of the horse.
    Several months into this little adventure, I temporarily lost my mind and decided to pour some old antifreeze down the holes and then fill them back up again..... as far as I could tell it had zero effect.
    5. decon down the hole - never heard from them again.
     
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    christineavatar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    canesisters - have you ever tried the bucket trap? That is the one I will be doing as soon as I get all the parts together. (the one that's missing is the coat hanger - go figure)
     
  8. mazojoe

    mazojoe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I remember watching a show a few years ago about rats and they said that a rat can swim continuous for about 36 hrs and can actually restart their own heart after electrocution. If all this is true, save you $$ of the electric trap.

    My suggestion is the T-rex rat trap, simple to set and no black fingernails! Poison works well but you will need to put a pile of the tom cat stuff, have to buy a more potent bait.

    And if you are worried about pets eating a rat or a mouse that at poison, don't be. The size difference between a rat and a mouse and a domestic animal is huge and the mouse or rat only ate enough poison to kill its self! I wouldnt want to see a domestic get into a whole pile of poison, but even if it does, you wouldnt have enough in one spot to kill the average dog. It will make them sick but it will pass.
     
  9. Ted n Ms

    Ted n Ms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    (Decon is rat poison the poison is warfarin, the same product that humans on coumadin are ingesting. For rats it works by reducing the coagulation time of the blood to such a point that they will bleed to death internally.) So you see the dead rats and mice just hemmorage to death. The carcass should not be poison to any thing else. I'm on warfarin my self. In other words i'm taking rat poison. LOL [​IMG]
     

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