How to control rodents in the chicken coops

How to control rodents in the chicken coops

Chicken coops are commonly associated with moderate to extreme infestations of rodents.

Rodents like rats and house mice are not just chickens and egg predators, they can bear and spread many diseases to both chickens and humans.

For rodents, as well as most pests in and around the home and garden, it is advisable to use proactive rather than reactive management practices to address potential issues or problems.


  • Sanitation

Rodents are drawn to food and water supplies found at various chicken coops. Limiting those attractive items can keep them far away as possible, these include;

  • Removing food from the chicken by night, and using a mobile feeder to store the chicken in a location which is inaccessible to rodents.
  • Use a container with rodent-proof which could be made of metal or plastic heavy duty for preventing entry.
  • Keep the chicken broth as healthy as possible. Delete any grain spilled on a nightly basis capable of attracting rodents or other pests.
  • Do not leave overnight eggs in the coop. Eggs are a great food for rodents.


  • Exclusion

Exclusion can be an extremely long-lasting and effective way of battling rats and mice. Mice can squeeze through very small holes, so it’s necessary to fix any gap that mice might possibly get through to the chicken enclosure.

This is difficult for rodents to gnaw rigid objects on flat surfaces.

  • Make sure your chicken coop surfaces are well made from hard materials like concrete, galvanized sheet, stone, or hardware cloth.
  • Keep all doors and hatches closed to chicken coops to avoid easy access to rodents and ensure doors are sealed properly.
  • To close openings do not use materials such as plastic sheathing, wood, rubber, or green cement. Such gnawable materials can’t work well, and can be used as rodent entry points. Filling stainless steel wool into holes is a temporary repair.
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  • Trapping

The trapping is a very powerful rodent control tool. Be mindful, however, that traps do have the ability to harm curious birds.

  • Place traps under milk crates or other places where chickens have no access to them. When chickens are inside the coop, you can set traps at night too.
  • Multiple-capture live traps catch several mice at a time without having to be reset, but then kill live mice and euthanize them humanely.
  • Rats are particularly neophobic afraid of new things, so bait traps with a locally-available food source such as chicken feed can increase your trapping success.


  • Rodenticide

  • Rodenticide can only be used in safe, manipulator-resistant bait stations, which are sold at several retail nurseries and garden centers.
  • It is not recommended that rodenticide be put in a bait station, where chickens can reach them.
  • Chickens may eat rodent carcasses while uncommon, and have even been known to catch live mice.
  • Restricting their exposure to rodents that may have ingested an anticoagulant rodenticide is also necessary since the standard chicken wire is wide enough to suit the rodents.
  • In chicken coops, house mice may be pests. Because of its venomous bite, the black widow spider is recognized and feared by many people.

Where to buy Chickens in Akwa Ibom State

Since chicken is the only meat that has no negative health conditions, you can always use it to prepare any local and continental dishes of your choice. In Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, you can buy chickens from at the following locations;

  • Uyo, The Akwa Ibom State capital:

    Number 215 Udo Umana Street opposite Akpan Andem Market, Uyo

  • Oron, Akwa Ibom State:

    Number 27 Market Square by Aba Street, Oron, Akwa Ibom State

  • Eket, Akwa Ibom State:

3 park road, opposite Chinese market, Eket.




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