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Squirrel Invasion

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We are using 2/3 of a shed the size of a single stall garage as our chicken coop. Right now, I have a broody hen with a few chicks in a dog kennel in the coop. The door is closed, but I wanted to see if we could open the door so the momma broody could at least go out and poop in the coop. The chicks are a couple of weeks old. 

 

My husband went out to the coop and found a momma squirrel and her babies in the coop. Will they coexist peacefully? Or do we have to find a way to rehome the squirrels?

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Squirrels eat eggs....... And squirrels eat baby birds.....
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I once watched a chipmunk eat an entire frog.  I have no doubt that squirrels would kill a chick, or eat an egg.  

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #4 of 9

I would not allow a squirrel, or any other rodent, to set up housekeeping in any of my buildings...let alone my coop.

 

They can be very destructive.....and yes eat chicken/eggs if they could.

 

 

Either chase them off by disturbing it's nest..... or trap, kill and bury.

The chickens would love to eat them too.

Then secure coop against any other intruders.


Edited by aart - 3/22/16 at 9:08am

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Squirrels are currently still up in the rafters and haven't wandered down. Will see how this plays out. Not sure how we will be able to keep the squirrels out of the rafters as there is quite a bit of airflow at the top of the coop. ;) Once they get a little bigger, we may move them elsewhere, unless my husband gets super annoyed with them beforehand.

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How big are your chicks?
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Originally Posted by texasmomma View Post
 

Squirrels are currently still up in the rafters and haven't wandered down. Will see how this plays out. Not sure how we will be able to keep the squirrels out of the rafters as there is quite a bit of airflow at the top of the coop. ;) Once they get a little bigger, we may move them elsewhere, unless my husband gets super annoyed with them beforehand.

Put 1/2" Hardware Cloth over any squirrel sized or larger openings, all the eaves on my combo shed/coop building are covered with HC

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
post #8 of 9

My the biggest concern I have with squirrels in my coop is that they enjoy the chicken feed... and they tell all their friends...

Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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post #9 of 9

You should be worried that the squirrels will eat all of your chicken feed/eggs/chicks and could easily spread disease across your flock. Maybe you can call a local wildlife rescue. 

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UTAH 4-H STATE CONTEST WINNER - (1ST) 4-H DEMONSTRATIONS!! [7/17/13] - HOW TO WASH A SHOW CHICKEN 

 - NOMINATE BYC MEMBERS FOR AWARDS HERE

Whit's Flock (My Chickens) (Click to show)

 

~Whittni, a happy owner of: No chickens :( I miss them SO much! However, I'm earning a degree at university currently..in Agriculture & minor in art..then I'm off to grad school in Fall 2018.
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