Yesterday I came home from taking my daughter to a birthday party and heard the chicks in our garage making tons of noise. My husband had been working outside and had left the garage door open for a while. It sounded like screaming, so I went to see what was going on. When I looked in their livestock tank, I saw a ground squirrel looking up at me. Two chicks were dead, two were terribly maimed, and we just lost another one this morning that I had hoped would make it because her small injury looked minor. He ate off beaks and feet and bit them all over the place. It was so terrible I don't think I'll ever forget the sight of it. I had no idea that ground squirrels could be predatory. He jumped out and ran when I called my husband out and later my husband was able to spot him near the yard and shot him. We think this might explain losing one of our adult hens last week. The hen was dragged all around and barely eaten- just a small surface area was nibbled. We live in Oregon. Just a word of caution if you have these around your house. I guess in early spring this is most likely to happen as they are needing protein and calcium and food can still be hard to find. From now on, we will be killing any ground squirrel we see.