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Feed Loss

Rats and mice cost producers millions of dollars a year in feed loss. That's feed you're buying but your livestock isn't eating.

A single rat can eat 20 or more pounds of feed a year and a mouse, nearly 5 pounds. That's just what they consume! On top of that, rodents contaminate 10 times that amount with their urine and droppings.

Rodent infestations lower feed conversion profits. Contract poultry growers, for example, hope to use the least amount of food for the greatest amount of weight gain in their chickens. In that way, they maximize their profit. Yet the presence of rats and mice in a poultry house can seriously undermine feed conversion rates.

Example of Costly Feed Loss:
With a large infestation, feed loss can be quite substantial. In a poultry operation, an infestation of 500 to 1000 rats could translate into a 1 to 2 point increase in feed conversion. And, we all know that profit depends on the amount of weight gained per unit of feed. For an operation with 1 million birds, a 1 point increase in feed conversion could cost as much as $10,000 per week.

Rodents also contaminate an estimated 20 percent of feed by constantly urinating and defecating while moving about. Some birds may still eat the soiled feed, and sometimes without ill effects. But most birds will probably avoid it. Feed, laced with urine and feces, harbors diseases which can lead to financial losses totaling billions of dollars a year for producers.