Keeping mice and rats out of your chicken coop is no easy task, but it CAN be done.

We do have the occasional mouse build a nest in our coop, and with all the grain we have on our farm, we’re ripe for an infestation.

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Preventing mice is definitely better than trying to exterminate, so use the pro tips in this week’s podcast to prepare for the chances that a rodent freeloader will try to make a nice home in your coop.

You’ll learn:

  • My favorite battle-tested way to prevent mice in your coop
  • Why your bedding matters
  • The secure ways to make sure your feed doesn’t attract rats
  • How to make sure your coop is prepared to fend off a mouse visit

Links we discuss:

Manna Pro Poultry

Chickens: Naturally Raising A Sustainable Flock

I’d like to hear from you!

How you do keep rodents out of your chicken coop? Leave a comment below!


Maat van Uitert is a backyard chicken and sustainable living expert. She is also the author of Chickens: Naturally Raising A Sustainable Flock, which was a best seller in it’s Amazon category.  Maat has been featured on NBC, CBS, AOL Finance, Community Chickens, the Huffington Post, Chickens magazine, Backyard Poultry, and Countryside Magazine. She lives on her farm in Southeast Missouri with her husband, two children, and about a million chickens and ducks. You can follow Maat on Facebook here and Instagram here.

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  1. Listening to you podcast, i heard you mention a child xylophone for the chickens. I wish to mention that those who decide to use one make sure that it is painted with a lead free paint. Surely dont want the chickens eating lead paint, which will get in the eggs. You know the rest of the story

    Thank you for making these podcasts I have heard some new, interesting and good ideas from you.


    1. It’s probably because during the process where the calcium is added to the shell, too much calcium gets added to parts of the egg. It’s usually normal.

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