iI agree that a gun is out of the question, the people round here would go ballistic if they thjought there were any rats, I think that least known soonest mended. They have a town mentality trying to live in the country, without the country living with them. All of us know that rats go hand in hand with the country as there is a ready made food source all sround them. In our case they have access to water, we have a river running through our land, shelter, a wooded area and of course under the hen arc, and normally in the summer copious amounts of food from the crops grown beghind our field, the sheep, and the pigs. I want to reduce/eliminate the rat population that are near our chickens, Weils disease is a high risk and can kill and I feel that I am leaving myself open to this and not taking enough action to reduce the risk. Yes, baiting may be to some not the way to deal with rats, however, after looking at the options I am now researching to see if the new poisons are quicker in dealing with the rat with hardly any suffering .
Has anyone got any information on the new baits