In my chicken houses, I can hang the feeders above the perches and that has helped, but we don't have a day-time rat problem.
r ranson wrote:I should mention that whatever I use cannot hurt the chickens.
Lorinne Anderson wrote:We have had initial success with traps that electrocute the rats. You can get realy fancy and it will alert you by bluetooth when it goes off so you can quickly clear and reset the trap.
1) They are very pricey, $50-$100
2) Can not be used outdoors (where moisture is an issue).
3) They seemed great at first (several killed each of the first few nights) but then seemed to stop working. Not sure if the battery charge got too low (claims it will fire almost 100 times per set of C cells), we did not clean them properly (they say to use hydrogen peroxide), or the rats simply "got wise". Although, apparently it worked great when I lent it to a friend...