What the heck?! Chickens afraid of rats!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by egglicious, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. egglicious

    egglicious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens have been through a lot lately and in general I somehow ended up with a very skittish flock. Recently, two were killed by my dog, which was awful. Well, tonight I went out after dark to close up their coop and there they were, waiting by the run door. I thought omg what now... Well, there was a little woodrat chewing on their flock block! They were scared to death and wouldn't go near it, which they had to do in order to roost. I had to open up the back of their coop so they could go in that way. Ugh. Is this normal? [​IMG]
     
  2. moetrout

    moetrout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well why didn't you get rid of the rat? Afraid? Are you......chicken? [​IMG]
     
  3. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Considering rats can and will kill chickens, i would be afraid, too.
     
  4. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

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    Rats will chew the faces off sleeping chickens. I would be nervous too if I were a chicken!
     
  5. egglicious

    egglicious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, this was a very small rat. It may even have been a mouse. How can a rat kill a chicken? I have never heard of that so please enlighten me. I did a good clean up so that little guy won't come back... little bugger....
     
  6. ErinG

    ErinG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They wait until they are sleeping and defenseless.
     
  7. egglicious

    egglicious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well, the good thing is I have an eglu, and there is NO WAY a rat can get into that thing. I know lots of people hate the eglu for whatever reason, but it really does keep the chickens safe when it's locked up. A bear can't get into it (although he could probably pick it up and throw it around!)
     

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