What the heck is doing this?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ejducharme, May 25, 2010.

  1. ejducharme

    ejducharme Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been noticing holes around the edges of my coop run lately. As I have a small dog that loves birds, I figured it was him digging into the coop while the girls were inside their box. Today, I find this:
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    This was after I hoed dirt over it. It was a perfectly formed tunnel into my run area, with the exit here:
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    And here are the holes around the edges. I guess whatever it is got tired of me putting boards up to cover the holes. The girls are safely locked up at night, so whatever it is can't get at them, and I have a sneaking suspicion whatever it is is going after the feed in the hanging feeder.
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    But on a nicer note, here's my girls, now 3.5 months old and very happy! [​IMG] I love them so, and am patiently waiting for eggs to come. lol
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    Chocobo (White EE) and Elizabeth and Isabella, my Wyandottes

    So, anyone have any ideas what could be doing this? I live in a pretty urban/suburban area, almost in a subdivision, with only 1/4 acre lots, so it's not like we have a "wilderness" around us.
     
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Could be a rat. They will tunnel like that and make burrows in the ground. I bet they are eating the chicken's feed at night.
     
  3. ejducharme

    ejducharme Out Of The Brooder

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    Possibly. Our storage shed is right next to the coop though, and we keep dog food and the chicken feed in there as well. Wouldn't a rat go into the shed and eat the dog food too? Also, the hole is a good 4-5 inches in diameter. Would a rat dig that big of a hole?
     
    Last edited: May 25, 2010
  4. cedar post

    cedar post Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like rat holes to me.
     

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