Rats in the goat barn!!!

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  1. lazybee

    lazybee Active Member

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    Okay, I've drowned a few, fed a couple to the chickens, but these rats are multiplying faster than i can keep up with them!! Does anyone have some tried and true ways of getting rid of these pests from the barn?
     
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    Caprice Acres AKA "mygoat" Staff Member Supporter

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  3. lazybee

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    Welllll, i already have two cats but i guess they don't like rat meat!
     
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    topside1 Retired Coastie Supporter

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    As soon as the rodents arrived I immediately pumped in carbon monoxide with a garden hose and the use of my vans tailpipe to send vapors under my barn to run the bums out or kill them dead. The idea worked and within two days evidence of the rodents habits were gone. Hope this primitive idea works.
     
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    chma4 Wolverton Family Farm Supporter

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    get the goats out of the barn first please!!!!
     
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    deaconjim Appalachian American Supporter

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    Get some old car rims, lay them down flat on the ground with rat poison underneath. The rats can get to the poison, but the goats can't.
     
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    Very inventive! I'm going to remember that one!
     
  8. Jillis

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    I just did a google on this and came up with this from a Country Life forum:

    That's a lot of creative solutions!
    Or try this product:
    http://www.critter-repellent.com/rat/getting-rid-of-rats.php

    This site has great tips on getting rid of rodents and eliminating good places for them to be:
    http://www.bchealthguide.org/healthfiles/hfile37.stm

    And a mail order site for pest control products w/explanation of each.

    Hope that helps!

    I love the information superhighway!
     
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    Cats are usually good, but I had the same problem. I just put rat bait cubes in the milk shed where no other animals could get to them. I have no more rats that I'm aware of.

    Ruth
     
  10. lazybee

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    This has been great!! I think we're going to try a couple of different ideas- my kids are homeschooled and this counts as science!!! Will let you know how it works :)
     
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    I had rats in my feed barn. I started feeding my two cats only in the feed barn. I left the catfood out all the time, and the door cracked open about 5 inches so the cats could come and go. Pretty soon, no more rats in the feed barn. But I still had rats in the goat shed. The goat shed has an area where goats can't go (kidding stall), so I started feeding the cats only in the goat shed. No more rats in the goat shed. I figure I'll switch off feeding areas every month or so to keep the rats away. Funny thing is, I've never seen a carcasse that looked like cat kill. Maybe the rats just don't care for the proximity?
     
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    Hmmmmm, I wonder if that coke thing really works. If anyone tries it, let us know.
     
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    Then I would think that you are overfeeding the cats. LOL
     
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    Actually, while cats are usually good for mice, rats can be too big for some cats to tackle (and some rats are probably too big for any domestic cat to tackle!). Trying several options at once would probably be the best way to make sure you get all of them.

    Kathleen
     
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    topside1 Retired Coastie Supporter

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    If you use coke, or pepsi, etc. how do you keep the carbonation alive? Don't must sodas loose their bubble in an hour or so especially in a pie pan? Or are there so many rodents that their drinkin liquid candy within minutes after nightfall? I hate to stir the pot but if this thread is still alive talk to me about the fizz factor. Tennessee John
     
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    I wonder if something with really strong carbonation such as Seagrams Ginger Ale would be better?
    I don't think the carbonation decreases too much in a couple of hours...
    If I ever have rats, I will try it...
     
  17. Jillis

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