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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 2:53 pm 
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just got an interesting question, I have been finding broken shells in the hen coop were they lay eggs, and today I have found a rat in the run today, can rats eat fresh eggs??


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:24 pm 
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Ohh yes. Rats love eggs.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:54 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: rats
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:36 pm 
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yes, while sometime the hens would eat the eggs too, if they are hungry! I saw twice such situation happened. So it would be either rats or the hens themselve.


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Be on the lookout for crows also !


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:20 pm 
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I have a problem with 2 crows, I trying to get rid of.


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 Post subject: Re: rats
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:31 pm 
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Yes.. rats can eat eggs. Time for some rat traps around the coop...


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:16 pm 
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I have bush rats as we live adjacent to a national park. the only way to keep the girls safe is to make your coop is rat proof. I learnt the hard way. Poor chickens don't need to be disturbed by vermin during the night. I have the coop raised on stumps with chook wire dug in about 5-10cm's and lots of rocks around the perimeter making sure that they can't dig under the coop. Otherwise rat traps which can be a bit messy.


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 Post subject: Re: rats
PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:04 pm 
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i just had a talk to my neighbour, he said he has found rats in his shed,
and its because of my chook run,

how can I stop the rats or control the rats so I can keep my chooks and have good neighbour,
I have known my neighbour for years.

I have these traps what is good to put on them.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:54 pm 
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I can't tell from the picture if that trap is large enough for rats. Need something in the photo for perspective like a coke can or ruler. Anyway,

Singed cheese brings mice running so worth a try with rats

Get a pointy knife and cut a piece of cheese big enough to fill the centre well of the trap. Stick it on the point of the knife, light a match and hold the cheese in the flame till it melts slightly and gets a little bit burnt. It will get a bit stinky

Use the knife to smear the cheese in the centre of the trap. Wait for it to cool and harden again before setting it.

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 Post subject: Re: rats
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Rat poison is the best way to get rid of rodents.

Preventing access to the chook food (and eggs) is also ideal.

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agree with Rach. Buy a tub of wax blocks from your produce place and put them where the chooks can't access them. Keep replacing them as they are eaten. Give some to the neighbour to use in his shed to hit the whole lot at once and break their breeding cycle.


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 Post subject: Re: rats
PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:46 pm 
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size of trap


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 Post subject: Re: rats
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:10 pm 
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So the trap is about one third bigger than a mouse trap.

It will probably work but you might find that if there is a big enough rat the trap may get carryied away.

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 Post subject: Re: rats
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:14 pm 
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what I am finding out the trap has been set off but no rat.


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