How do I rid my chicken coop of rats safely?


I've had it for years and the last few months, rats have discovered it. I don't want to have to build a new one with a concrete or hardware cloth type bottom, but they're getting all of our eggs. We're in the country, so I shoot them when I see them but this is not a permanent solution. We've used rat poison in the holes, but I don't like that because we have dogs and other animals and don't want the chance of poisoning some innocent animal, and I just don't like using poison. Our rat snake has disappeared. Any DYI help would be greatly appreciated.


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