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Kimbo

  • Joined Feb 2015
  • Anglezarke, Lancashire
Chicks -v- Rats??
« on: June 13, 2015, 08:43:55 pm »
My 11 chicks are now  4 weeks old. They are Laced Wyandottes and Cream Legbars and they are all a  good size and quite well feathered. They are feisty little demons too.
They spent the first 3 weeks indoors. Then the last 8 days in a bigger secure brooder in a stable. They have had their heat on at night but not in the day and all's well. I expected them to stay in that brooder until they were about 6 wks old but they are too big and it was clear that they didn't have enough room as they started to fight a bit.
Are they old enough to go into the stable itself? We have sectioned off an area about 12ft by 4ft for them. Its a concrete floor with shavings on top but I cant be certain that its rat proof as our stables are wooden. I haven't seen a rat since November and we have 3 stable cats ( they cant get at the chicks!) but I cant be sure. I can still give them heat. What do you think?
Is it time to retire yet?
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Eve

  • Joined Jul 2010
Re: Chicks -v- Rats??
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2015, 08:46:30 pm »
Seen any rat droppings at all? Any gaps?


If not, then it's probably ok.  :)




Kimbo

  • Joined Feb 2015
  • Anglezarke, Lancashire
Re: Chicks -v- Rats??
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2015, 10:01:46 am »
Hi Eve,
not seen any droppings either ( Im an obsessive rat-spotter as I abs loath them and am quite scared of them too). No gaps in the stable walls either and the floors are sound.
I think I might just have to take the plunge and keep everything crossed  :fc:
Is it time to retire yet?

doganjo

  • Joined Aug 2012
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Re: Chicks -v- Rats??
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2015, 02:48:57 pm »
I couldn't think how rats were getting in my brick built concrete floored garage till I saw the dogs pointing upwards  - saw one run along the rafters and out under the eaves.
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age

Q

  • Joined Apr 2013
Re: Chicks -v- Rats??
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2015, 04:53:37 pm »
This is my mental image.
If you cant beat 'em then at least bugger 'em about a bit. :innocent:

doganjo

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Re: Chicks -v- Rats??
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2015, 09:55:47 pm »
Yup, "just like that"  :innocent: :roflanim:
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benkt

  • Joined Apr 2010
  • Cambridgeshire
    • Hempsals Community Farm
Re: Chicks -v- Rats??
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2015, 10:25:25 pm »
Can you leave a light on overnight? I've found this quite effective for reducing rat attacks as poultry see poorly in the dark whilst rats see just fine.

doganjo

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Re: Chicks -v- Rats??
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2015, 10:31:12 pm »
Also move stuff around - rats hate change - that's why you can see 'rat runs' they always go the same way.  It discourages them.
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Stereo

  • Joined Aug 2012
Re: Chicks -v- Rats??
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2015, 10:37:36 pm »
Plus get them to roost? Rats will be after the food first. Maybe sacrifice some food to them and set some chick proof traps as well?

 

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