What is digging those holes in the coop ground!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by littleridgefarmer, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. littleridgefarmer

    littleridgefarmer In the Brooder

    Dec 18, 2008
    Mountains of NE Alabama
    We have noticed small (1 1/2 inch in diameter) in the floor of the chicken coop - perfectly round and angled into the ground. Are these snakes or rodents?? I thought mice because we have the feed stored in the shed in barrells next to the coop but they can't get to it and the mice are smaller than the holes we are seeing. Anyone know what these holes are formed by??
  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    Not sure, maybe snake?
  3. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    Not mice, RATS. I found one the other day too. I hate them. The only way to twart them is to put 1/2 inch hardware cloth in and nail with slats to the coop its self. I have done that in two of mine and hope to get the others done soon. I put sand on top of the wire.
    Also remember that it opens the way for weasels and snakes to enter the coop. Rats can do a lot of damage to chickens. Plus the fleas they can bring in. Gloria Jean
  4. Shiningfeather

    Shiningfeather Songster

    Feb 7, 2009
    hill country texas
    I had some that were only about an inch wide. I took the water hose and filled it till mice started running out. Needless to say, it was a chicken frenzy to see who could get the extra protein. [​IMG]
  5. littleridgefarmer

    littleridgefarmer In the Brooder

    Dec 18, 2008
    Mountains of NE Alabama
    Thanks everyone! I think it's mice also. We are thinking up a good strategy to stop those little critters!!![​IMG]
  6. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    mice or rats for sure, at least I get them from the woods and have seen one in person to know for sure what it was. Smart little bugger too since the knew to dig father back from where my 18-24" hardware cloth apron was. I hope the foxes dont figure that out.

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