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    I don't keep chooks, but can I just say well done on doing your research, going on a course and asking the folk here. I suspect your hens are going to be very happy girls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan79 View Post
    We've had hens since 2013 and no rats.
    Really? I struggle to believe that.
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    Treadle feeders here too but the rats still come looking.
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    Rats are an inevitable product of keeping chickens, however they can be minimised withmany suggestions above.
    Although i'm not a huge fan of cats, a neighbours cat loitered around my chicken run with me initially thinking it was tormenting my girls. When realising it was actually after the rodents, I provided some cover and a dry place to sit/hide to assist rodent reduction

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    The water, the chicken poo will also attract them and they even nicked my eggs one year.

    I was meticulous with food....they chewed a little hole in my plastic bin that held the food. So I had to buy metal ones.

    Yes, we used lots of ways to get rid but I also think it's inevitable. We just tried to keep the numbers down. Strange though...somethings they just vanished and would return several months later.
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    They've chewed a hole through the bottom of the plastic chicken coop/kennel which has had to be repaired with a metal plate - twice.
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    I have had chickens for four or five years now, and no rats. I think it helps that the coop is on concrete, and I have had up to eight cats, and the chicken run is very close to the house, so they'd have to get past the cats first. Never seen a rat, or any evidence of them since I got the chickens

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    I'll be getting my girls in a few months once run & coop are sorted. Luckily rats don't freak me out and I expect there will be the odd one (or ten!) around simply because of where my allotment is and because a few of the other plot holders are a bit lazy as regards coop & run hygiene etc. It's up to me to make their home as secure and safe as possible for my girls.....I'm sure once Neil is let loose on the buildings I have in mind he'll have them like Fort Knox!

    I'm sure, quietandy, once you get your girls you'll never regret it! I've done tons of internet & book research over the past few months and EVERYBODY emphasises just how much fun chickens are and how you'll never regret it! Durham Hens have some lovely breeds/varieties available too - they've got some gorgeous Polish available at the moment. I told Margaret off the other day for putting a video up on their Facebook page which REALLY tempted me

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