Rats

  1. reb78 Member

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    We have chickens. Its kind of inevitable that rats will appear if you keep poultry.The food is in suspended hoppers so they shouldn't be able to get that but they are still being a pain. What methods of control can you recommend? Not too keen on poison as we have dogs and whilst we could make sure the poison is not accessible, the lab would chew on a carcass if he found one.
     
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  2. addjunkie

    addjunkie Forum Supporter

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    We have cats, and chickens. All live stock food is just kept in the shed in normal bags, except the chicken corn and layers pellets which are kept in plastic dust bins.

    Dont have a rat or mouse problem, neither do my neighbours, as our cats are often seen in their barns too.

    You can get poision to go in to trap type things to protect dogs etc
     
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  4. reb78 Member

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    Cats may be the answer I think. I'm just not bothered about having them in the house, but we can make them happy in the barns. We would have to teach the two dogs that the cats are not there for them to chase though!!

    I considered traps, but I hate rats and if i am honest don't want to have to deal with the blasted things once they are trapped!!
     
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  5. dcocks

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    We just dropped the trap in a water trough that sorted them
     
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  6. addjunkie

    addjunkie Forum Supporter

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    Air rifle with night vision is another option.
     
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  7. cheb Member

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    You know, the vegans might just have a point. If you are planning on killing something at least kill it humanely.
     
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  8. Jack Russel - Labs are too laid back!!
     
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  9. outofthefire

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    I hate live traps and poison, I can't see the point of the live trap if you're going to drown them that just seems cruel. I prefer fen traps in a tunnel so your dogs and hens can't get in them, just put them over the rat runs.
     
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  10. brightspark

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    that's illegal drowning them a good mk4 fen trap sorts them with some meat tied on with wire
     
  11. dcocks

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    We just did as we were told by the boss 30 odd years ago
     
  12. dcocks

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    We use the small bags of poison now and they seem to take the bags down their holes and you hardly ever see a dead rat tbh
     
  13. Migmac

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    This method of dispatching is very frowned apron nowadays. Airgun/pistol is the preferred method.
     
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  14. Migmac

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    Good sport too

    If it was me, I would use fenn traps set in tunnels
     
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  15. maz0 Member

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    We just got a farm cat for the local wee beasties. I don't really know whats worse for a rat, being drowned and dead within a minute, or being tortured for a while by an evil wee cat who then kills it with razor teeth and claws before eating it. I know which is more socially acceptable though.

    Warning on getting a farm cat....the little buggers endear you to them and before long you end up with just a house cat.
     
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  16. reb78 Member

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    Got one (had him ten years in Feb), but he's more laid back than the lab! Since we have been there, the lab has caught two rats and the JR just watches - he is the laziest JR I have ever known!!
     
  17. bricol Member

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    When chickens were roaming the garden, the cats used to dodge the aggresive one, but again, no rats or mices ;-)
     
  18. sako243 Member

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    My parents managed to get rid of all the rats on the farm (surprising considering they have chickens, ducks, sheep, pigs and (now one) labs). They finally bit the bullet and started poisoning them and concreting up (with glass mixed in) the holes they'd chewed. Been rat free for several years.
     
  19. brightspark

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    only ever drown one poor flamin thing took ages :vsad:any live catch just shoot them :)fen traps more humane
     
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  20. Tangledfeet

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    Alpacas or llamas? There's a smallholding in the village that breed them; I'm told that they are incredibly maternal when it comes to hens, chickens, etc., and will corner badgers and foxes and kick/trample them to death - might be the same for rats? I could ask..!
     
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