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post #1 of 22
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Hey,
Just wondering if a pellet or BB gun would just sting squirrels or if they actually are powerful enough to kill them. Squirrels are all over my coop eating the chicken food. Thanks for any info you can give.

post #2 of 22

I think alot would depend on the shot placement, if you hit them in the eye it could kill them I would think. I have killed mice with pellets.

post #3 of 22

i had this same problem.  Not sure if a bb or pellet gun would kill or just injure them.  You certainly don't want a squirrel hobbling off to die in agony, even annoying as it is having them invade your pens.

Since i hate the thought of hurting anything, i opted to trap my offending squirrels and take them for a drive to a nice wooded area a ways away.  i only had a couple offending squirrels, so this option worked for me.

Edited to add:  i know a pellet gun will kill a large rat.


Edited by Enchanted Sunrise Farms - 4/23/11 at 10:15am

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post #4 of 22

Pellet guns will definitely kill them ( around here some people hunt squirrels with pellet guns) and a well placed bb will kill them too. You can sting them with a bb gun if you shoot from a farther distance.

 

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post #5 of 22

Definitely will if you are a good shot- head or chest. If you hit the thigh or stomach you'd better be able to get off a second shot very quickly, you don't want to leave them wounded and living with a piece of lead shot in them.

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post #6 of 22

you can also wipe out a  colony of squirrels with rat poison. just keep it away from the dogs and chickens.

post #7 of 22
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Rat poison would work except I would have no way of keeping it from the chickens. Don't want to take the chance.

post #8 of 22

pellet gun will kill them with one shot


bb gun will stun then you go and pick it up and put it in a bucket and just keep shooting it with ur bb gun for about 5 min



tried both and they both work

post #9 of 22

Pellet gun oughta work.

I also set out live traps.  They hunt for you while you're sleeping or working.  Never know what you'll find in them.  I've caught the barn cat a couple times.  Got some racoons and opossums.  Never trapped a squirrel, though.  You'd have to do a little research on squirrels.

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post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by kscottjoyce 

Hey,
Just wondering if a pellet or BB gun would just sting squirrels or if they actually are powerful enough to kill them. Squirrels are all over my coop eating the chicken food. Thanks for any info you can give.


I use a Silouette Sport Pistol Air gun By Crossman with a 4.5mm pellet and I can take a squirrel out no problem. If I am closer than 50 feet I have no problem getting a good head shot. They are so darn brazen they are usually within 20 feet looking at me when I shoot. This is powerfull enough for squirrels and probably even small weasels or racoons. Do your research before you buy wink

I would do a bit of predator proofing on your coop too. Nothing gets into my coop unless invited big_smile


Edited by NottinghamChicks - 4/23/11 at 2:08pm

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Mom to wonderful young man in the USAF, wife to an amazing husband, owner of 2 Border Terriers, Jack and Hannah, & 1 Black Cocker Spaniel named Katie. Keeper of 2 adorable coops which house my Light and Dark Brahmas (standard and bantam), EE mixes, and my d'Anvers which I have in Dun Quail.

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