Keeping rats out of a chicken coop isn't an easy task. They love the free food you leave for the chickens and will even steal eggs and kill chicks. Rats also carry diseases that can be passed to your chickens. They also make huge holes where your chickens can escape. Needless to say, you have to protect your coop. But, how? Here is what you should and shouldn't do to keep rats out of the chicken coop:
Do Bury Hardware Cloth
Hardware cloth is stronger and has small holes than chicken wire. This makes it the best choice for keeping rats away. Use chicken wire to create the chicken coop, but line the bottom of the coop with hardware cloth to keep rats at bay. Make sure to bury the hardware cloth at least one foot into the ground. Rats will try to dig a hole to get inside the coop, but the hardware cloth will prove to be much too strong and the holes too small for the rat to penetrate.
Don't Use Traps
It doesn't matter if you use traps that capture the rats for release elsewhere or traps that kill the rats; all traps can prove dangerous for your chickens. They are also dangerous to cats you might have to help eliminate the rat problem. If you still opt to use traps, never put them inside the chicken coop. Try to keep them several feet from the coop, because your chickens could peck at the trap through the wires and set them off.
Do Use Bobcat Urine
You read that correctly. Bobcats are natural predators of rats and mice. Rodents recognize the urine smell and will avoid any area where they smell it. It is a warning to them that a bobcat is nearby. You can purchase bobcat urine and spread it around the outside of the coop. Rats will assume a bobcat is near the coop and avoid it completely. It can be costly and you must regularly reapply it, but it is one of the easier ways to rid your chicken coop of rats.
Do Not Use Poison
For the same reasons that you shouldn't use traps, you should never use poisons to rid your chicken coop of rats. Your chickens might eat the poison, and any cats you have might do the same. Also, when rats eat the poison, they run off to die and might end up somewhere you can't find them until you notice the terrible smell.
With these dos and don'ts, your chicken coop will be rat-free. If you continue to have problems, speak with experts like Cavanaugh's Professional Termite & Pest Services.
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