Pest control is really a headache for the poultry keepers. Sooner or later rats or mice will cause you a problem. Not only will they consume food intended for your birds but they can be dangerous to human health. Poultry units make an ideal home for rats as food and shelter are what the rat is looking for and this is all provided in the poultry unit.
Pest control in poultry units should be at the top of your agenda. To make poultry housing as rodent proof as possible seal up small gaps as even the smallest gap may provide easy entry for a rat, raising the unit off the ground by 12 inches should be sufficient. Make sure that you deep the gap underneath clear from clutter. All food must be kept in sealed containers and make sure that you keep your compost heap away from the unit as this will also provide food and shelter for rats.
If you choose to deal with the rats yourself there are a few simple precautions you should take the first. Always read and follow the instructions on the label of the bait. Some baits are licensed for indoor use only because they are very toxic, this does not mean only toxic to rats. Pest control rodenticide will kill cats, dogs and whatever else eats it. Trapping is a far safer option but again you must make sure the trap is placed in such a way that only rats can gain access to it. For more help you can also browse the internet. There are lots of websites available online which can help you.