Keeping chickens at home is becoming more popular; in fact, we have a small flock of chickens. The eggs are fresh and our children enjoy looking after them. However, owning a pest control company, we are aware that poultry husbandry can actively encourage rats that are opportunistic feeders, into the area. Rats will steal food, eggs & chicks, if they can get to them.
Further information can be found in Hinton Pest Control’s Chickens and Rat Control Leaflet 2015
Recent studies in Canada indicate that rats can absorb disease agents from their local environment such as E. coli The full article can be read here.