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Any ideas on how to keep squirrels off our fence?

post #1 of 19
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We have way too many squirrels coming into our yard running long the top of our fences, using them to get into the yard, running along the fence tops and driving our dog crazy. Any ideas on a humane treatment to the top of the fence that might deter squirrels from landing or running on them? One that wont be too noticeable?

That would help keep our dog calmer (good thing for the chickens stress levels), our yard nicer and hopefully keep them out of the chicken feeders.

Thanks!
Jeannie.

post #2 of 19

A high powered air rifle. very humane.

post #3 of 19

You could try greasing the fencetops or something else to make it slippery for the squirrels - just depends on your type of fencing.  Some people have used PVC pipe that is free to rotate (so the squirrels roll off) as well.  But truthfully, squirrels are professionals when it comes to figuring out how to get around such "deterrants".  Maybe some plastic owls or hawks along the fence?  Good luck.

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post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by Doormantnt 

A high powered air rifle. very humane.


I was gonna say, sounds like a shooting gallery!

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post #5 of 19

I have yet to see anything deter squirrels short of killing them or trapping and relocating. I watched one crawl up a metal down spout, so I doubt there's anything you can put on your fence to keep them off.

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Proud owner of 3 Red Star hens, 5 white silkies, 1 buff silkie, 1 silkie/red star mix, 2 NH Reds, 3 barred Rocks, 3 Black stars, 1 white terrier mix, 1 hard headed fat Chihuahua, 2 schnauzer mixes, 1 giant male tabby cat (bigger than any of the dogs), and one loving/patient SO, 2 stepsons, and a meal worm colony.  Gig' em Aggies!

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post #6 of 19

Electric fencing?

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post #7 of 19

Electric fencing is your answer.  When squirrels start eating chicken feed, I trap them and feed them to the dog.  At $15 a bag, I can not afford to feed squirrels.

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post #8 of 19

these are the same squirrels that can navigate on and off high voltage power lines without being fried (usually. I did see it once). I doubt a little 110 volt is going to bother them much! They just jump over it.

Proud owner of 3 Red Star hens, 5 white silkies, 1 buff silkie, 1 silkie/red star mix, 2 NH Reds, 3 barred Rocks, 3 Black stars, 1 white terrier mix, 1 hard headed fat Chihuahua, 2 schnauzer mixes, 1 giant male tabby cat (bigger than any of the dogs), and one loving/patient SO, 2 stepsons, and a meal worm colony.  Gig' em Aggies!

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Proud owner of 3 Red Star hens, 5 white silkies, 1 buff silkie, 1 silkie/red star mix, 2 NH Reds, 3 barred Rocks, 3 Black stars, 1 white terrier mix, 1 hard headed fat Chihuahua, 2 schnauzer mixes, 1 giant male tabby cat (bigger than any of the dogs), and one loving/patient SO, 2 stepsons, and a meal worm colony.  Gig' em Aggies!

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post #9 of 19

You have to run the wire along the top of the fence.    The wire is too fine for them to run on, so when a foot has to be used for retaining balance . . .  ZAP  . . . . and the squirrel flies off of the fence.

Squirrels are smart, one time is usually enough!

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post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by Doormantnt 

A high powered air rifle. very humane.


x2

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Mom to the best son in the world, wife to a wonderful guy. Chicken mom to a some mixed layers, blue laced red wyandottes, blue and black breda fowl, beautiful lavender orpingtons, khaki campbell and pekin ducks, and coturnix quail.

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