Chipmunks?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Jennyhaschicks, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    Maine
    This is probably a dumb question...
    Do chipmunks pose any sort of threat to the chickens? I feed the birds and I put out squirrel food so I have the chipmunks out there all the time. I don't mind them.
    I noticed they are climbing up the sides of the coop and stuff being the curious little creatures that they are.
    If they were to get into my coop they wouldn't bother the chickens would they? I don't want a chicken to get bit or something.
     
  2. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    It is a double sided question. Rodents of all kinds can bring in illness, I find that regardless to how you protect from rodents, they will be in our lives. I have found it strangely humorous to watch the girls when a chipmunk does enter their space, they chase and can kill one of the little buggers. I have seen a red squirrel stealing food, make a wrong turn and have the hair off its tail stripped from a chicken having a strong hold on it! That particular squirrel disappeared- perhaps move out after that! hee hee.
    So, enjoy your wild life, and have fun!
     
  3. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Your chickens pose a bigger direct threat to Chip and Dale than the other way around IMO. Chickens will gang up and chase/kill mice and small rats, but not big ones. Not sure where chipmunks fall in that size scale but I don't think I'd worry about them at all. They're not as aggressive nor are they as omnivorous as rats as far as I know, and I live on a lot with a lot of woods, which means lots of munks.

    [edit] I think Spook and I were typing at the same time!! YEAH!! What he said!!
     
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  4. first time farmer

    first time farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would advise a bb gun or a .22 rifle it worked for me. They didnt get into the coop just tried and were getting into the house
     
  5. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    Maine
    Quote:Sorry, ain't gonna happen here at my place. If they are getting into the house that may be one thing, but they don't seem to be bothering much. And I am the one giving them food.

    Hmm, so I guess I don't have much to worry about. I figured the chickens would scare them away. My barred rocks are "old bitties". They even chase the poor wild birds away.
     
  6. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just watch out for rats. Big ones WILL hurt hens when they're sleeping. Not sure what makes hens go so catatonic while they sleep, but rats can be very dangerous to the chickens themselves, and to eggs.

    The other thing is chipmunks can tear up insulation etc if they're getting into the walls themselves. I think I share your attitude though, just keep an eye on em.
     
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  7. Eric in NC

    Eric in NC Out Of The Brooder

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    They do bring fleas with them wherever they go...
     

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