Annoying chipmunk has moved in

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by deacons, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. deacons

    deacons Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will be the first to say that I am a softy for just about any animal. But, I have a chipmunk problem. In the winter, I have a temporary shelter in my garage for my girls to get out of truly nasty weather, since their run only has a hardware cloth roof. On days with sleet or heavy snow, they get to spend time in the "playpen" in the garage- basically, a fenced off part of it that's bedded in straw and gives them a dry place to hang out for the day.

    So...our little chipmunk friend. I think he has taken up residence in the garage this winter. If I feed the girls in the garage in the morning, I look around and see dry, happy chickens enthusiastically eating a warm mash or from a bowl of sunflower seeds- but there's an extra little chubby-cheeked face helping itself to the food too!

    Now, I've seen this flock hunt and eat mice and voles, so initially I thought that they'd make short work of chippy. But, they don't really seem bothered by it. They let it eat right out of the bowl next to them! I guess I'm feeding these chickens too much because they sure don't seem to need extra protein :)

    In all seriousness though- if the chickens will be spending time in the garage, and this chipmunk is in there cleaning up after them all day, this is eventually going to become an issue of worms and other nasty critters being transmitted from the chipmunk to my girls, right? Do I have to suck it up and relocate chippy to an out-of-doors home? If I do that, am I essentially giving him a death sentence because his ample winter food stores (of sunflowers, cracked corn, and layer pellets) are somewhere in my garage?
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    The way i see it, he has two choices - leave the garage (and perish) or stay and eat with your chickens. Unfortunately, you will have to make that decision for him......... If it helps any, a lot of us are not bleeding hearts and see chipmunks as vermin. He would be leaving one way or another if he was in my garage.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ditto Dat bolded^^^
     
  4. deacons

    deacons Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know you guys are right. I think we'll have to find a small animal trap this weekend as we don't have any other means of removal- unless you count my fat housecat, but I won't hold my breath on that ;)

    Anything I should be worrying about seeing show up on my chickens? Are there specific types of worms, etc. that are more likely to be transmitted?
     
  5. WYNot

    WYNot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Put two small notches in the top rim of a 5 gallon bucket, spaced 180 degrees apart.
    Fill bucket about 1/3 filled with water.
    Pour sunflower seeds on top of the water to cover.
    2x4 for a ramp up to rim of bucket.
    Round metal rod shoved through top and bottom of empty pop can.
    Coat outside of can with peanut butter.
    Place rod across top of bucket in notches.
    Wait for chipmunk to go swimming.

     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  7. WYNot

    WYNot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really? Have never tried them but have heard several people using them with great success on the chippys in their flowerbeds.

    Maybe with a bit more water so they can't springboard off the bottom and jump up to the rim?
     
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  8. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Catch him live.

    Just don't put him in a Habitrail and hide him in your bedroom....till he chews his way out and runs into your mother's room....and poops on her curtains....

    You will be sorry....
     
  9. bobbi-j

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  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    LOL!! Sounds like first hand experience speaking!!
     
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