RATS !!

Discussion in 'Beginners Forum' started by Kirstylou82, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. Firstman

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    I have a bad news.
    My 70 day old chick disappeared??
    Yes disappeared.
    I normally put my 3 ( now 2) baby chicks in a wood box with a net in front.
    Today morning I found that net was down and only 2 chick were roaming around the coop along with the 4 month old chicken .
    Tried to find the 3rd one but could not. Nor could I find any blood or any other trace of it.
    I wonder what happened to it.
    I have lots of rats in the coop which are my prime suspect.
     
  2. robin416

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    Can you post a pic of this net? It doesn't sound like it provides any type of protection.

    I'm not so sure a rat was the culprit. If there's no blood either the peep left on its own or something carried it off. A rat doesn't usually carry things away.
     

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  4. robin416

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    How was it down? Did something rip it down?

    What is that material? It doesn't look like it's metal.
     
  5. Firstman

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    It is metal.
    Donno how it was down.
     
  6. robin416

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    If the wire is not sandwiched between two pieces of wood stronger predators can pull it down. Racoons here in the states can actually tear through metal poultry netting.
     
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  8. Poultry Judge

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    I would put down some more traps!
     
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  9. robin416

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    Start searching the pen and coop for holes. If they're inside you're going to lose more.

    What did you find out about poison baits?

    Something pulled that wire down or it wasn't secured well to begin with.
     
  10. Biring

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    Sometimes these problems sort themselves out! E0EEFB23-52BE-4DF3-9C2B-CB9673628132.jpeg
     
  11. dawg53

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    Easy meal for a chicken.
     
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  12. Poultry Judge

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    My Emus used to love mice and snakes.
     
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