OK final straw happened last night. The crippled duck that was attacked by rats a couple weeks ago and was in a wire rabbit cage (with small square mesh) to recupperate and keep him safe was attacked again last night. They ate his feet through the cage wire! Hubby found him bloody and saw that a good portion of his feet were missing and decided the most humane thing to do at that point was end his suffering. Now someone posted a bait of plaster and peanut butter...but how much of each? Hubby thinks it will freeze in this weather...true or not? Where do I place it? In the coops? Outside? In a cage or something? I would rather go with that as it is safest if the dogs should get ahold of a dead rat. I have to do something- this is horrible!