Feed bins VS Rats

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    01-21-2012, 03:06 AM
Feed bins VS Rats

So I'm not particularly happy right now... ONE WEEK ago, I bought some bins to store my feed at my paddock. I used to store the same feed in the same type of bins a few years ago with no problems. Now that I've moved the bins back to my paddock, the rats have decided it would be super awesomely fun to eat my bins :( Of course, the bin that contains the most expensive feed. *Rage*

It's an open set up so I have to be *really* careful as to how I try to manage this rat infestation. If my horse decides to he can just finish breaking the gate and walk on in and eat til his hearts content.
He's never tried to get in before, the gate is half broken because of a friends incredibly naughty pony.

Does anyone have any horse friendly ways to either get rid of the rats, or something to put on the bins to deter them from further destroying them?
A friend suggested an anti-windsucking spray, but I don't know if a bitter spray will stop rats.

They haven't eaten any of my other stuff, apart from a couple bites out of a saddle blanket.

I would just get metal bins made up, but unfortunately I can't afford that at the moment.

Mad props to anyone that can suggest ANYTHING. I can't replace this stuff all the time
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    01-21-2012, 03:09 AM
Green Broke
Get a jack russell! Or barrow one! They're great at getting rats.
    01-21-2012, 03:17 AM
Yes terriers love to kills rats!!! Treats for them. But best bin for grain is an old freezer, I love mine and no rat or mouse can penetrate it & plenty of room for about 3 or 4 bags of feed.
    01-21-2012, 03:19 AM
Haha, I've been offered use of my friends foxies or their cat which have eliminated their rat problem. Unfortunately I agist my horse so I wouldn't be able to have them there.
It's a 3 sided shed with a fence and gate across the front so there wouldn't even be a way to lock them in for a couple days to get rid of rats.
    01-21-2012, 03:20 AM
Waresbear, do you mean like a chest freezer?
    01-21-2012, 03:21 AM
My uncle has wooden floored metal feed bins. Those stupid rats ate a TON of the barley and oats over the summer. They also left their evidence behind. Makes me happy I live in Alberta, mostly rat-free.
    01-21-2012, 03:24 AM
Hmmm, I guess maybe that is what you call it over there, not like an upright fridge, yes like a chest. An old disabled, broken one. Offer to pick it up, someone will donate one. Yes jumanji, Alberta doesn't even allow pet rats I heard, was a big story blasted all over the news about a family moving there with their pet rat, it had to be killed. It wasn't, it got rescued to another province.
    01-21-2012, 03:26 AM
I shake my fist at your mostly rat free Alberta... Trade????
These little jerks are even eating holes in EMPTY bags that I needed to use for poop cleaning :( Bane of my existence.

Might try put an add up for the freezer.
    01-21-2012, 09:37 AM
Green Broke
I keep my feed in metal trash cans and use a bungie cord with d rings on each end, attached to the side handles and passed through the handle on the lid to keep the top secure.

Not much money, and the rats, nor the horses can't get into it.
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    01-21-2012, 10:16 AM
Green Broke
First, you need to take the horse breaking in to the feed more seriously, you can kill or permanently lame your horse this way.
Second, galvanized steel trashcans with bungee cord lids are cheep, last and work.
On the bright side sooner or later the snakes will discover the fertile hunting grounds.

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