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    • CommentAuthorchicklaid house
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2012 3:35pm (Dec 12th 2012)
    Having put chicken feeders on hooks (always taken in at night) we are still getting the "odd" visitor even in daylight. Any suggestions on deterrents? We have 2 dogs (who wouldn't have a clue) and I'm allergic to cats.... I understand the sonic ones the rats get used to. Any suggestions welcome. Many thanks
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2012 4:11pm (Dec 12th 2012)
    We had to resort to rat poison, chicklaid. Can you put it down underneath something that the other beasts/birds can't access? We stuck it under the old sink - er, water feature!
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2012 12:06am (Dec 13th 2012)
    Rats are opportunists, so if they know there are birds they know there'll be food! If you see one can you send the dogs up the garden (even if its to chase a ball or something). That might put the rats off visiting. You need to be very careful with poison as it is so easy to poison the wrong animal, especially if you have dogs. Rats are clever too and don't very often take it. Do your neighbours put food out for the birds? If so then they're attracted there and you are just a side-dish to them. While there's food out for the wild birds the rats will keep coming around.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2012 5:15am (Dec 13th 2012)
    The only thing I have found that really worked to keep mice and rats away, is to put a radio in the hen house and leave it play 24/7. They think people are in there and stay away. Once I did this I haven't seen even one mouse pooh on the floor. I have one playing in the barn for the horses too and no rats ever come in anymore. Putting it on a *talk radio* station is the best if you can find one.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2012 5:02pm (Dec 13th 2012)
    ...and Lynn has the best-educated hens and horses in america!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2012 5:56pm (Dec 13th 2012) edited
    Hi there Chicklaid, welcome to the forum it is nice to meet you. We have three cats and they are too well fed and spoilt to have to catch their own dinner. Daisy will get a bird or a small vole for sport now and then, but as you can imagine you have the danger from cats bringing the catch into the house and setting it free. Happened to me more than once !!!

    We also had to resort to poison we we had them last. We got those blue blocks and set them inside long bits of plastic pipe, it did the trick but as Kate says you got the worry of other animals getting it.

    I was reading somewhere that rats hate mint and it is a good idea to plant some around the hens area. The other interesting idea I saw was to spread ferret poop along their tracks and entrance holes. I havent tried either, but interesting to know about.

    Thanks for the good post. Please have a look around and join in with any other posts that take your fancy just make yourself at home:face-smile: