Managing Rodents In Your Coop

Managing Rodents In Your Coop

May 30, 2024angelique van zuylen

Do you have a problem with rats or mice in your chicken coop? Rodents are a very common problem in most chicken keepers coops.

Rodents in your coop are not ideal for many reasons. They eat feed intended for your chooks, contaminate feed and water with feces and urine, spreading parasites and disease. Rats may also steal eggs, prey on chicks, chew through feed storage bins, and even attack adult chickens.

The good news is, you can stop rodents from taking up residence in your chicken coop with a solution.

Signs of Rodents in Your Coop:

  1. Droppings in the feed or water
  2. Strong smelling urine
  3. Feed disappearing overnight or quicker than usual
  4. Scratches or damage around the coop
  5. Chewed holes in netting, timber, or feed containers
  6. Gnaw marks
  7. Eaten eggs
  8. Chickens showing stress or reduced appetite
  9. Missing chicks
  10. Dead or injured chickens

Visiting the chicken coop at night is a good way to check for rodents.

How to Deal with a Rodent Problem in the Chicken Coop

Removing food sources is not enough to stop a rodent problem. A good trap safe for chickens such as our (Rat Killa Trap) is a good way to minimize rodents in your coop as well as keeping your chooks safe from getting trapped themselves, 

The Rat Killa Trap .

This heavy-duty plastic rat trap is very easy to use, and the captured rats can be removed without touching them.

The rat clamp is protected by a plastic tunnel, making this rat trap very suitable for use in chicken coops and other animal houses. The activation pedal of the rat clamp is hidden to avoid accidental trigger order to prevent other animals, making this rat trap a very safe and secure way of catching rats and mice without having to use toxic Bait.

This rat trap has two entries, the captured rats can be removed without touching them by opening the plastic tunnel. Moreover, the rat trap is easy to clean after use. The bait can be placed from the bottom. In combination with the plastic tunnel, this makes the rat trap very safe. The high quality ensures optimal results, the rats and mice will not escape.

Effective rodent control involves:

  1. Removing the rodents through baiting or trapping.
  2. Making the coop as rodent-proof as possible.
  3. Eliminating all potential rodent food sources overnight.
  4. Cleaning and disinfecting the coop regularly.
  5. Treating chickens for parasites that rodents may carry.

 

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