Rats

  1. bump Electricity is great!

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    This group may be able to help you out as the specialise in feral and semi feral cats that can't be rehomed in domestic situations.
     
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  2. addjunkie

    addjunkie Forum Supporter

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    Alpacas, Yes they do protect lambs etc, have watched it, they rear up, on to their hind legs, and make a distress type noise, when out at night with the gun during lambing. We have 9 of them.

    Not sure it works with small vermin, as they are very sensetive and would leg it, when the bigger animal comes close. Also Alpacas dont really free range, are confined to a field, and need to be in at least pairs, as they are herd animals. Rats on the other hand are around your hen house and barns etc.
     
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  3. Robotstar5

    Robotstar5 Casanunda Staff Member

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    We got a couple of semi-feral cats from a local rescue centre for the stables, they soon dispatched the rats that had been attracted by the bird food we keep for the feeders, the local rabbit population has also suffered :laughing:

    They usually live in the barn, but there is a catflap and a bed in the tackroom for when it gets a bit cold.

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  4. dannyp Member

    A good cat will thin them out but the most effective creature I’ve seen thin the rats out was an owl that decimated the local rat population
     
  5. doubleboost

    doubleboost Forum Supporter

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    They do not like lead at 800 FPS
     
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  6. frank horton

    frank horton V twins are great but 4"s rule.........

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    Our food bins were fridges and freezers...fridges on there backs, remove the shelves and fill it.....we used to buy 1/2ton of feed at a time....best tho is chest freezers, totally vermin proof.....we didn’t like the poison so used to leave a little food in a dustbin....once in they couldn’t get out.....in the morning tip the bin out so that 1 of our 4Border Collies would finish them of.....loads'a fun....
    Shoot or drown, who cares when they chewed out the eyes of the goslings and or killed the chicks.....had concret floors and the shed was made from resin bonded 3/4 ply...went thru that like cheese.....in the end chopped up 8x4 galv sheets into 150mm wide strips...then screwed that on the bottom of all the walls.....then the little darlings buried under the slab and emptied out all the type 1.....very soft ground....
    Just got so fed up and got rid of all the birds, duck, Greece and hens.....
    Sure miss the fresh eggs tho.....oh well.....
     
  7. Keith 66 Member

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    My last dog was a smooth coated collie, At about a year old he got badly bitten by a grey squirrel right on his nose.
    It turned him into an utter barbarian where anything small & grey was concerned. Squizzers, Rats, mice, he thought it was his lifes purpose to kill em all. Got very good at it. Made him rather hard mouthed though!
     
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  8. reb78 Member

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    At the weekend we did exactly the same as you with thin galv sheet around the bottom foot of the shed so they cant chew through. They are burrowing underneath as you describe though and will find another way in.

    The eggs are brilliant so we want to keep the birds.

    The cats are seeming like a good idea. I presumed that half feral cats were euthanised as they were hard to rehome, but we can give a few of them a place to live (the lab will have to learn not to chase them!!). Just like Robotstar1, they could live in the sheds where we store the straw for the horses.
     
  9. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    Ive just ordered one of these:
    https://goodnaturetraps.co.uk/trapproducts/rat-stoat/

    after hearing good things from a pest controller friend of mine.


    Basically a small, automatic co2 powered bolt gun in a baited vertical tube.
    Rat puts its head in. BANG. dead rat falls out of tube. Then trap resets ready to fire again.
    Theyll fire 20+ times on a charge.

    He put two in a barn that was infested.
    Got 30 in one night apparently, all piled up under the traps.
     
  10. bump Electricity is great!

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    A friend of mine has about 30 farm cats that are all rescues and are unsuitable for domestic life. they are a lovely group and have several barns and plenty of land to roam and hunt in. Personally I think it's great that they are given a second chance in an environment that is suitable for them and for their new family.

    Don't worry about the Lab, they learn quickly to leave well alone.
     
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  11. bump Electricity is great!

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    Owls are great for that, but I imagine they have to move in on their own terms?
     
  12. maz0 Member

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    It’s the cat that chases the lab in our case, and shes only a few months old. I think they are born with an attitude!
     
  13. addjunkie

    addjunkie Forum Supporter

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    The cats you rehome dont need to be ferrel, even a rehomed house cats, if you put a flap in the barn or shed, and feed them in there, theyll be happy enough. Ours live in the porch, dont ever come in the house.

    When you first get them, keep them in a couple of days, then put butter on their feet, it helps them find their way back when you first let them out.
     
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  14. bump Electricity is great!

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    True, but if you have the option to rehome cats that can't be rehomed elsewhere why not go for it?
     
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  15. Robotstar5

    Robotstar5 Casanunda Staff Member

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    Ours were fairly young so we had them chipped & jabbed etc. then kept them in a decent sized cage in the barn for a few days before allowing them out on patrol.
     
  16. Migmac

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    Bet the local wildlfe don’t think they’re a great bunch.
     
  17. bump Electricity is great!

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    Some will get picked off, but I'd still say it's better than releasing poison into the food chain and imparting greater suffering.
     
  18. Migmac

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    Be more than some. Cats are amongst the biggest wildlife killers in the UK. Poison have their place but other methods should be used first
     
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  19. Parm

    Parm I only give advice if I know

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    My neighbour keeps 10 Lamas. He’s just moved them to the field next to my house. I’ll go and ask him about their pest control skills.
     
  20. brightspark

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    don't get 2 close unless you want to get spit on :laughing:
     
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