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Discourage rodents.

Where there are chickens, there are rodents. Rodents are drawn to what they consider their pot o’ gold — the feed bucket. If you think you don’t have rodents, take a visit to your chicken coop around midnight and multiply what you see by ten. The most common rodents are mice and rats.

Chickens don’t eat in the dark, so store your feed out of the chicken coop every night in a secure shed or building. Use a clean metal container like a garbage can. Feed can be left in original bags they come in, within a metal container, or feed can be poured directly into a clean metal can for more room.

The best rodent control is prevention. Keep the area around your chicken coop, compost pile, and garden free of spilled feed, weeds, garbage, piles of wood, and junk. If you keep this area tidy, you lessen the chance of rodents taking up residence and nesting.

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