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Home Forums Champions’ chat Rats! Reply To: Rats!


Hi everyone, I’ve just joined as I have one or more hhs visiting and I’m feeding them proper food.

I’m after advise on offering a nest/hibernation box for them as we’ve always had rats living around us in our small town, they visit my little back yard every night…more in a moment, but I read a lot about rat poisons and how they can hurt hhs and our pets – hopefully the following link to the gardeners world website will work:

Apparently, slugs and snails love rat poison but, as they’re invertebrates, it doesn’t hurt them at all. But, if the slugs and snails are eaten by a hog, or one of our pets, the rat poison will kill the hog.

So, poisons are out for me. I believe the rats are eating the food inside the house and the hogs are eating the food outside the house, so I think that’s ok.

I’m just wondering if it’s sensible to change the feeding house from feeding to living? If I’m only feeding rats in the house (never any hog poo found in there now, there was when I first put it out) I might as well change its use to living/nesting/hibernating?

Then, I read above about rats killing hibernating hogs – also, with rats around, if hogs nest there, what are the chances that the rats will kill the babies? How can hogs protect their newborns against rats?

Can anyone help, please?

Thank you! :o)