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Pesky pesky Squirrels!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Chickens rock!mysocks, May 22, 2011.

  1. Chickens rock!mysocks

    Chickens rock!mysocks Out Of The Brooder

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    So I have always known that there are about 5 or so squirrels that come by now and now and take some of the chicken’s food. It didn't occur that much and they didn't cause a nuisance so I’ve left it more or less alone. But in the last week or so I have noticed my egg production has gone down: A LOT. When I say I lot I mean imp only getting about 2 or 3 eggs.

    This afternoon all was revealed. I went outside just in time to see one of the fatter squirrels clumsily rolling an egg away. Three of my good and loyal chickens surrounded the squirrel and started pecking furiously at it. I could practically see them thinking, "Ah! Defend the coop! Attack the squirrel!" It was hilarious. Then I ran over too and the squirrel managed to run away through the fence, still holding that egg. It ducked underneath the deck in our backyard and out of sight

    So of course I go squat near the deck and squint under there to see the squirrel. Here it comes. I SAW THE SQUIRREL BREAK THE EGG AND START LICKING THE INSIDES. I shouted and sort of poked a stick inside, but the squirrel wouldn't come out. I retreated from the sight of battle and ran inside to get a flashlight. Shining underneath the deck, I saw broken egg shells strewn all over the place. I had discovered the squirrel's secret hide-out and treasure storing place!

    Now I went to go get the hose from the garden. I set it on Jet, and furiously sprayed under the deck. The squirrel raced out of there. The next 10 minutes sure were a sight to see. There was me, yelling spraying wildly at the squirrel, there was the squirrel making these frantic weird squirrel noises, and there was my family staring at me through the sliding-glass door. Of course, the squirrel eventually escaped, but not before getting sprayed by me quite a few times.
    *Whew!* Even typing this story makes me get excited! Well, to make a long story short, now I know what’s causing the egg shortage. Advice on what to do about this pesky squirrel?
    p.s. Meeting me did not diminish the squirrels’ bravery at all. I see it now as I’m typing, sitting there on the rock and looking so bold as it nibbles on a pellet of my chickens feed.
     
  2. ShortCircuitRanch2332

    ShortCircuitRanch2332 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    http://www.walmart.com/ip/REMINGTON-VANTAGE-177CAL-CARBINE/15939533
    they
    work great on squirrels, rats, rabbits and crows had one for years till I upgraded to a .22 I shoot .22 short rounds out of them works great
    I also have a similar story I have a barred rock foo that has a gimp leg and hops around well he was eating and down swoops a blue jay well his neck feathers go spikey he starts squawking and jumping around in a circle well here comes to whole group from all ends of the coop converging on the blue jay it swoops up onto the fence while all the hens circle it like wolves LOL so after a day with the blue jay and realising he cant fight it my crippled roo is friends with the jay and can bee seen every morning eating with it haha
     
  3. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    If you are opposed to shooting that resourceful squirrel, try a live trap. My father trapped many that were eating his green tomatos. He would put the squirrel and the trap in the back of his truck and carry it to a park on the other side of a river from his house and release them. He had some funny stories of reactions (from both squirrels and people) to the process. I remember one time when a squirrel had a raw spot on it's side and I decided to put some blue spray medicine on the spot before turning it loose. The squirrel didn't take kindly to being sprayed and kept spinning aound while I attempted to hit the sore with the spray. Imagine the looks on the faces of the park patrons when my Dad released a PURPLE SQUIRREL! LOL
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2011

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