Struggling with keeping annoying pests out of your chicken coops? Check out our tips for keeping your coops pest-free!

Design of Coops

Making your chicken's home a place that is not attractive to rats consists of a few elements, including, a coop that sits off the ground, proper food/water storage, and more. 

It is important to prevent rats and mice from digging. If they can easily dig under your coop, they will be able to infest it much easier. One way to prevent this behavior is to have a coop that is off the ground. All chicken coops at OverEZ are designed to sit off of the ground.

Diseases

It is extremely important to keep rodents away from your chickens. Rats carry many diseases including salmonellosis and leptospirosis.

Additionally, they can bring mites and fleas into the coop, which can infest your flock. Fleas also carry diseases including the bubonic plague. Not to mention, all of these diseases are also transferrable to humans. 

How to Protect Chickens from Rats

Food storage is one of the most important elements to keeping pests away from your chickens and coop. If you store extra food outside and next to your coop, make sure to use a metal container, and also have a tight-fitting lid.

Water storage is another key element in keeping pests away from your flock. Rats are easily attracted to sources of water. One of the best ways to keep rats from coming to your chicken's water is to put all water sources away at night. 

Protect your coop by covering ventilation areas and any existing holes. Automatic Chicken Coop Doors can also help with closing access points to your coop after your flock has roosted for the night. 

Finally, it is really important to clean your coop and your flock's area as regularly as possible. 

How to Get Rid of Rats if you Have Them

Poison is not a good option. The poison can kill chickens if they get into it. Additionally, if a chicken pecks at a dead rat, it can ingest secondary poisoning. 

Traps are a popular way to get rid of rats. There are a few different types including:

  • Snap
  • Electric
  • Live
  • Glue

While these methods work, it is important that your chickens can not accidentally end up being victims of these methods. 

Natural Herbs are perhaps the safest way to deter pests is with natural herbs. Herbs like mint, are natural repellents that will not harm your chickens. 

 Popular herbs include:

  • Lavender
  • Sage
  • Oregano
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary

 How do you keep pests away from your flock? Let us know in the comments!