Going to electrify me some squirrel

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Darklingstorm, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. Darklingstorm

    Darklingstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wednesday I noticed that the "normally lasts a week" food container I place outside for the chickens was empty. I thought that maybe the chickens got really hungry, so I fill it up again. Go out late yesterday evening and it was almost empty again but this time I caught two squirrels making a mad dash up the tree. I don't mind sharing with the wildlife but I can't afford that much food. We are not talking a small container.

    So tonight with DH help we are going to put an electric wire around the tree. Don't worry we will use the proper equipment so the tree doesn't catch fire. I sure hope this works because I don't want them in my coop eating the chickens feed in there too (which I think they already have).

    If this fails to deter them, any suggestions on how to get rid of them? Live in town so no guns and no poisons.
     
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    12304 Out Of The Brooder

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    do you have dogs?
     
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Powdered red pepper.

    Fill the feeder then dust the top and any place else where the feed is exposed with the ground red pepper. The chickens do not feel the heat, but the squirrels do.

    It has to be repeated from time to time. Every day for the first week or so, but they begin to get the message.
     
  4. Darklingstorm

    Darklingstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A.T. Hagan :

    Powdered red pepper.

    Fill the feeder then dust the top and any place else where the feed is exposed with the ground red pepper. The chickens do not feel the heat, but the squirrels do.

    It has to be repeated from time to time. Every day for the first week or so, but they begin to get the message.

    I like you idea better, will try it instead.
    Oh and I do have dogs but one has already killed a chicken (soon to be re-homed) and the other won't intentionally hurt them but wants to play with them, so I don't let her out with them unless I'm out there too.​
     
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    They will learn to avoid the wire.

    I'd attach a rat trap to the tree
     

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