What pest do I have?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickengirl12, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. chickengirl12

    chickengirl12 Out Of The Brooder

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    In my chicken coop, I noticed a small figure under our coop so we decided to lift it up. Under it we saw a series of tunnels and a pile of the chicken feed and the bread that we give to our chickens. What type of pest could this be and could it harm my chickens. Thanks!
     
  2. ChickcrazyCharlie

    ChickcrazyCharlie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like rats. They can kill and eat small chicks. sometimes chew of toes through wire.
     
  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rats. Gotta get 'em gone.
     
  4. chickengirl12

    chickengirl12 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok thats what i feared it was, thanks
     
  5. rooaroo

    rooaroo Out Of The Brooder

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    Could it be a mole? I have one that has to have it's home under my coop. The ground is loose and there is always a small hole that is right under the feeder. I have been trying to get rid of him for awhile. I read that the mole is not a threat and that my chickens may even try to peck it but I do not think mine would. I saw them standing and looking at the ground one day, then hopping out of the small run and clucking like crazy, I went out and sure enough a fresh mound was up!
     
  6. chickengirl12

    chickengirl12 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks its either a rat or a mole, but whatever it is it will be gone soon
     
  7. Black Cochin Bantams

    Black Cochin Bantams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Moles don't eat that kind of food. Rats or mice. If you are seeing multiple tunnels there is more than 1.
     
  8. chickengirl12

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    thanks it is a rat i saw it the other day
     

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