Chipmonks... The Feed Thieves

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by HenHappy, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. HenHappy

    HenHappy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone else have a problem with chipmonks stealing the flocks' feed? The little buggers get in no matter what I do, and I don't like killing them. They fill up thier little cheeks and run!!! The population was huge last year and I'd like to figure something out before spring. Any solutions? I've heard about rodent whistles that emit a high pitch sound that drives mice away, but would that bother the girls too?
     
  2. MTchick

    MTchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have a feeder that can be suspended off a pole or rafter you could put a squirrel baffle over it. Baffles are like big tin guards that go over (wild) bird feeders- they are an item commonly found at home and garden stores that keep squirrels from climbing down the chain, etc.

    Likewise, chipmunks can't climb up very smooth things. Therefore, if you set your feeder as high as possible with the chickens still being able to reach it on something very smooth they would not be able to climb up and get to it. Something like a cinder block on end, surrounded by a smooth tube of sheet metal, or a tall metal pail with vertical corrugations. Plastic might work too- you could try a big smooth bucket with any traction (paper, dirt) stripped off.

    The little guys can jump, so set it as high as you can without frustrating/starving your chickens.

    Of course, the chipmunks will get the food that was billed out. But that is inevitable.

    -MTchick
     
  3. HenHappy

    HenHappy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a good idea. My feeders hang off the wall now, but they are low. I spent half my summer running after the little rodents!! Any other ideas out there?[​IMG]
     
  4. Lofty Dreams

    Lofty Dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    theres cats
     

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