Hi Sue, we get asked a lot about what to do with the presence of rats. Suggestions are to add those seed catcher trays to the bottom of your feeders and you can add a baffle dome to your feeding post which will prevent the rat/s reaching the feeders. If you have more than a single rat I would suggest you stop feeding for a couple of weeks or so as they will then disperse. Also a good idea to move feeding station around every 2 or three months so there is no large build up of fallen seed beneath and I would dig over the ground now and again, even if it is grass, you can just reseed the area in springtime. Most folk that feed birds on a regular basis may encounter unwanted vermin so I'd give it a couple of weeks, move the feeding station and try keep the ground beneath as clean as possible as fallen seed will attract them. The baffle dome will prevent them from reaching the feeders. Here's a baffle dome fitted to show you how it looks; I had to use them because we had a lot of grey squirrels and the baffle prevented them from reaching the food and will work the same for rats.
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
New Flickr Account
In reply to Joanne:
In reply to Sue McCabe:
In reply to HAZY:
I see you have managed to attach the photo, well done. Here is a link created by one of the members to adding photos including the change of default needed
We spend 90% of net income on conservation, public education and advocacy
The RSPB is a member of BirdLife International. Find out more about the partnership
© The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity: England and Wales no. 207076, Scotland no. SC037654
Accepting all non-essential cookies helps us to personalise your experience
These cookies are required for basic web functions
Allow us to collect anonymised performance data
Allow us to personalise your experience