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If you raise backyard chickens, then you’ve no doubt noticed that chicken coops tend to attract rodents. It’s not the chickens themselves that attract them, but rather the chicken feed, table scraps, fresh eggs, and water. Not to mention the warmth of the coop. When mice come across chicken coops, they see it as a nice place to settle down and raise a family. That is the last thing you want.
Fortunately, there are several all-natural ways to keep rodents away from your coop that don’t involve sprays or poison pellets (which could make your chickens ill). Tiffany from Imperfectly Happy has five great suggestions.
She writes, “Rats and mice in our chicken coops have to be one of the nastier aspects of raising backyard chickens. But I’m here to tell you that it can be prevented! Rodents in a coop do a lot more damage than just eating your feed. Rats have been known to chew on tail feathers, crack and eat eggs, and even eat little chicks! They also spread filth and carry parasites that can be transmitted to your flock. I have some simple tips to keep your chickens in a rodent-free coop…”