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Do your squirrels eat cat food?

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I have been having difficulty with predators and pests . My rooster has kept the flock safe during the day  and the coop has (mostly) kept them safe  during the night. But to keep the odds in my favor, I keep a baited Havahart trap in the chicken run.

Today I caught a squirrel that went after the cat food I intended for the raccoons. Has anybody else encountered carnivorous squirrels or do I have deadly mutant squirrels?

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Squirrels will eat just about anything.  Unfortunately, that includes eggs from out of the coop and expensive bulbs from out of the garden.  I even caught a red squirrel eating a frog that had gotten squashed in my driveway. sickbyc  The squirrel lost it to the chickens when they figured out what he was eating, though.  sickbycsickbyc

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Squirrels are very opportunistic feeders.  Cat, dog, chicken, horse, cattle feed they'll eat it all.  The tomatoes out of your garden, the fruit off your trees, and many other things.  They're just bushy tailed rats after all.

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I've seen them chase cats from the food bowl!

Married to the old dude, 0 human kids, 2 horses, 4 cockatiels, 2 parakeets,  1 Blue Front Amazon, 1 Yellow Head Amazon, 4 cockatiels, two parakeets, 1 eccentric peacock, 1 pet terrapin, 1 Blue Copper Marans rooster, and 10 world famous Jersey Giants! New to the group is 3 Black Marans  chicks and one unidentified chick who turned out to be Lying Larry the Black Copper Marans Rooster.

 

 

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Married to the old dude, 0 human kids, 2 horses, 4 cockatiels, 2 parakeets,  1 Blue Front Amazon, 1 Yellow Head Amazon, 4 cockatiels, two parakeets, 1 eccentric peacock, 1 pet terrapin, 1 Blue Copper Marans rooster, and 10 world famous Jersey Giants! New to the group is 3 Black Marans  chicks and one unidentified chick who turned out to be Lying Larry the Black Copper Marans Rooster.

 

 

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post #5 of 11

Yes they eat anything. Even ate my pond pellets this year. They really started packing in september and October not a good sign. Bad winter! Told my DH that he laughed when the temps were warm. Now we are having January weather Low getting into the single digits. Not typical here. What happened to global warming? lol My dad taught me to watch for signs of a bad winter. One was the squirrels. If the start packing (stocking up) early means cold snowy winter. So far not much snow yet  but really cold.

Live with my daughter and granddaughter. Have 3 dogs and 25 chickens
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Live with my daughter and granddaughter. Have 3 dogs and 25 chickens
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post #6 of 11
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Sheesh! Got a second one today with the rest of the cat food.

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They even eat birds.

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k304/racuda00/squirrel.jpg

~ Randall
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Squirrels are vermin  and I treat  them  as such.

They did not eat my birds so far  but they  destroyed  my whole peach  and nectarine crop   one of those  years,  so I declared war on them.   

Now I can enjoy my peaches  and nectarines.

Good  Lord  made birds  of meat   for us  to eat.
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post #9 of 11

Squirrels are Rats with bushy tails. They eat anything a Rat will.

If you have to manipulate the truth, to be viewed in a better light, you're standing in artificial lighting.--Fred Cuellar
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post #10 of 11

I've shot about 20 in the last couple of months from my back porch.

I feel like I get revenge when I fry them up with some gravy on the side

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