Trapping Rats

The hole leading into the buried garbage can

Last year one of my sons had a rat problem around his chicken coop.  He killed quite a few rats and the problem lessened.  One of the ways he killed them was to bury a garbage can in the ground and place a piece of plywood with a hole cut in it over the opening.  He then put some chicken feed in the bottom.  The next day there were fifteen rats trapped in the can.  He then filled the can with water and drowned the rats.

Since then he has killed more rats with this method.  You have to wait a bit between uses.  Recently the rats have came back and he has started trapping rats again.  I think his kids got a bit careless with the chicken feed.  Over the winter, the garbage can had been removed and the hole filled in.  Now not wanting to have to dig another hole, he set the garbage can upright on the ground and put a 2×4 leaning against the can to make a walkway for the rats.  A bit of chicken feed in the bottom and it is catching rats.  He is using an old plastic garbage can and surprisingly they have not chewed their way out.  He checks the can and drowns the rats when he catches them.

This the rats from one days trapping

This method won’t always work.  Rats are smart and will stay away for a while after he traps a few.  But after a few days some of them seem to forget.  In an emergency since there is no poison or pellets involved this is a good way to get some eating rats.

Good trapping

Howard

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3 Responses to Trapping Rats

  1. BadgerPrepper says:

    Eating for your self, or, as I would hope that I have enough sustainable food for me and mine, the rats could be used for dog food, if you have them.

  2. KE4SKY says:

    During the German siege of Paris in 1870, residents had to eat whatever animals were at hand. Daily News correspondent Henry Labouchère recorded his opinions:

    Horse: “eaten in the place of beef … a little sweeter … but in other respects much like it”
    Cat: “between rabbit and squirrel, with a flavor all its own”
    Donkey: “delicious — in color like mutton, firm and savory”
    Rat: “excellent — between frog and rabbit”
    Spaniel: “like lamb, but I felt like a cannibal”

    “This siege will destroy many illusions,” he wrote, “and amongst them the prejudice which has prevented many animals being used as food. I can most solemnly assert that I never wish to taste a better dinner than a joint of a donkey or a ragout of cat — experto crede.”

  3. KE4SKY says:

    Another great read, with wonderful descritptions of fieldcraft, is Jungle Soldier, the true story of LTC Freddy Spencer Chapman of the British Special Operations Executive, who evaded behind Japanese lines in Malaya for 1226 days, cut off from contact or resupply from British forces, being hunted by the Japanese, being afflicted by malaria, scabies,typhus, pneumonia, degue fever and ulcers before being evacuated to Ceylon by submarine in May, 1945. Rats were among his more conventional sources of protein. Be warned there is frank and honest description of cannibalism of Japanese as practiced by Malay head hunters.

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