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Fieldsports Britain – Rat removal using dogs

An evening pause: Best to play this with the captions on, considering the thick accents. As noted on the youtube webpage:

Andy Crow is clearing the barn of straw which has become home to lots and lots of rats – and he wants them off the farmyard. As a final effort to get rid of as many as possible Andy has enrolled the help of a couple of terriers, a lurcher and a lab/springer cross. As he moves the bales the dogs and sticks start flying.

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9 comments

  • wayne

    Very interesting! I was not aware of this.
    …down the rabbit hole, so to speak, Mink are apparently quite good at rodent control as well.

    Mink & Dog Cleanup Backyard Rats
    Joseph Carter The Mink Man (2018)
    https://youtu.be/RjebAlfrexA
    9:28

  • Alex Andrite

    A good ratter will not eat the catch, but one-two visicous shakes and the dead prey is dropped, on to the next rodent.
    High speed.
    My Aunt and Uncle, cattle ranchers, north eastern Oregon, would pass the word to the ‘local’ ranchers when it was time to de-rat the barns. A good gathering was guaranteed.
    Neighbors would show up, with their best ratter’s, bets were even placed for max number of rats per dog. Pot luck stuff was made ready for ‘after’.

    Meanwhile, a 55 gallon drum 1/2 filled with grain, stood in a far off corner, a couple of hay bales stacked up to the drum lip, local cat mouser would perch on a bail, patientlly waiting as local mice would run up the bails and down into the grain, no escape. Mouser cat would wait until there were a few fat ones, look down and pounce. Then back up and out with its meal. Mice did not count.
    All the while the ratters were having a grand time.

    Life on the ranch.

  • Jason Lewis

    My miniature dachshunds have killed about a dozen rats in my back yard. Development has driven out most natural predators and we have too many of them. They’ve also killed dozens of rabbits (also missing natural predators), a squirrel, and grabbed a bird out of the air.

  • Alex Andrite:

    Thank you. A new perspective.

  • Ron

    We used to have ‘rat killins’ back on the farm too! It was quite the spectacle Alex described for us, mostly just family. Just a week or two ago one of my brothers had a mini one that we were texting about!

    Don’t know if anyone he listens to the comedian Jerry Clower but he has a good rat killin’ story!

    https://youtu.be/9Z0q2p8tVpM

  • wayne

    Ron-
    Good stuff!

  • Jeff Wright

    Jerry passed away not long before a big tornado hit Yazoo City. It would have broken his heart.

  • David M. Cook

    This is what dogs live for!

  • John C

    I’ll run the forklift. With the door locked!

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