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 Post subject: Feeding Birds/Rats
PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:32 am 
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Sadly we have retired the bird feeder because of rats. They are attracted to the debris that falls from the feeder. If anybody has any ideas on how we can feed birds and discourage rats we would be appreciative. We have a dog so we cannot put out poison.


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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Birds/Rats
PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:09 am 
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I have dogs that kill rats. I don't let the dogs out near the bird feeders or they'd eat the bird seed, but if any rat gets into their area, it is history.

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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Birds/Rats
PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:07 pm 
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Saw this on a website about organic pest control. Don't know if your dogs might try to eat it though...

"•Use half corn flour and half cement powder mix as bait for the rats. They will eat the mixture and eventually consume water, which will result in a chemical reaction with the cement mix and ultimately lead to their death. The negative of this process is the uncertainty of where the rat has died within a residence."

NOTE:::This is NOT an endorsement of this method. Eventually, you may want to get a really MEAN cat...

My personal favorite is a deer blind and a scoped .22 :D

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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Birds/Rats
PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:47 pm 
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I don't encourage the dogs to go after rats, you never know if they've already gotten into a poison. But I think my neighbors all know that the dogs are here and use spring traps where they need them on their property. That's what I prefer, but have to set them where the dogs won't get clobbered by them.

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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Birds/Rats
PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:30 am 
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I agree with Leon.

Shoot 'em! :evil:

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 Post subject: Re: Feeding Birds/Rats
PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:47 pm 
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I had that same problem,untill I moved the bird feeder,the rats must not be smart enough,because they haven't come back. :lol:


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