Not the guitar player!
After writing that stupid headline, I did a little research. We may be on to something here. From the Success With Poultry blog:
Rats are primarily nocturnal animals, so if you are regularly seeing them in the day, it probably means that you have a lot of them. They are not interested in your chickens as such, but they are interested in the food that your chickens are eating ... A rat might attack a chicken, but an angry chicken can be a mighty foe, and it is not unknown for chickens to kill (and eat) rats.
Life lesson for today: an angry chicken can be a mighty foe
Photos yesterday by Bobby Williams.