A question about squirells

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by harveyhorses, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. harveyhorses

    harveyhorses Songster

    Jan 16, 2010
    I have a very healthy population of tree rats, they hang out under the bird feeders. try to get in the chickens run, and gernally annoy the heck out of me. They have no fear, one actually came on our screen porch in search of sunflower seeds this weekend. (so one of the chickens wandered in too, but that's different)
    This morning I got out in the yard early to beat the heat, let the girls out to do chicken stuff while I worked in the garden, it took about 10 minutes torealize there were NO squirells, not one, not the pair that chatters at me, not the little bitty one that watches when I weed, zero. It kind of creeped me out.
    When I put the girls up, I double checked the security, roof is tight, electric fence popping away.
    Anyone have an idea what could have happened? I would like to think the hawks had a family outing and did away with some of them, but would they ALL stay away?
    Just puzzled.

  2. moetrout

    moetrout Songster

    May 5, 2010
    Milan, MI
    Maybe it's the heat or maybe they're scat by now?
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Grey Squirrels tend to feed early and late, and sleep in the middle of the day
  4. harveyhorses

    harveyhorses Songster

    Jan 16, 2010
    I KNOW when they feed,[​IMG] they just were not there. Any. At all. We have our routine.
    Start coffee, let girls out, put feeders out, stomp foot at tree rats, drink coffee watching them and the girls forage for dropped bird seed, finish coffee, start working in the garden, toss culled veggies to the girls, put harvested veggies on the well, throw something at the tree rat going for the harvest...
    you get my drift. This morning not even a chatter. It was early 7 ish. Seriously, we have dozens.
    Puzzlement. Not going to miss them if they don't return.

  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Do you have any neighbors with a veggie garden or fruit trees? If so, your squirrels might have been poisoned. Or else something else in the neighborhood is ripe that they prefer to your bird feeder.
  6. harveyhorses

    harveyhorses Songster

    Jan 16, 2010
    Quote:I do have neighbors that garden.
    My reaction was Oh no they can't have been poisoned, but I am fine with them being hawk feed. I would love it if they found a better buffet.

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