Help -----RATS

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SarahN
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Help -----RATS

Post by SarahN » Tue May 13, 2014 6:41 pm

I have seen signs of rats near my chicken house. I want to put some poison down in bait boxes. My pigs live nearby and my worry is that they may come across a dead poisoned rat and eat it. How likely is this?

I thought poisoned rats would hide away to die.

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Re: Help -----RATS

Post by The Rushbury Pig » Thu May 15, 2014 9:26 pm

I don't think it is very likely at all but others may have experience?
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Re: Help -----RATS

Post by simon » Fri May 16, 2014 9:09 am

Its very unlikely as rats hide somewhere if they feel unwell. Even if it did a poisoned rat wouldn't be toxic enough to do much harm to a pig.

More likely is the pigs destroy a plastic bait box. Either use metal, or put them in places that the pigs can't get to.

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