I have to report that the rats seem to be gone, either that or they are in hiding. I’ve been gone for a while and my chicken tender said she found a dead something in their yard. Fortunately, she removed the offending dead critter and threw it in the trash can, which reminds me, I need to take the can to the street tonight so the dead thing can leave the premises on the garbage truck. The good news is, the rats seem to be gone and I didn’t kill any of my chickens in the process. Whew. I feel like I dodged a bullet this time. I’ll hope I never have to use rat poison again.