Sorry to ask something close to what was being asked before, but I wanted to make sure - and the last thread on this was in 2005!
The rules for Rats say that every player who has a fox snatches a first chicken. Then, in clockwise order, your rat sneaks in and grabs one chicken.
So, to clarify, is it that after the first round of foxes, the rats all get a chicken, or that after a free round of foxes, now the rats join a round of picking... meaning that if the fox king is a fox, he gets 2 chickens before a rat gets a chicken? I'm guessing the former, but I wasn't immediately sure.