Rooster killed a squirrel!

I have WHAT in my yard?

11 Years
Jun 24, 2008
Eggberg, PA
I have been getting low returns from my hens the last week or so and DH was thinking a rodent of some sort was coming in and taking the eggs. I was skeptical not because I didn't think it could happen but I never found any sign of the eggs.

Well, I suspect he was right and it wasn't a mouse it was a squirrel.

The birds fre range in the afternoons when I am home. So their coop door was open. I hear a big commotion and tear out to defend my girls when I see the rooster doing a masterful job!

He had this squirrel in both feet talons dug in deep. He flew up and threw the squirrel a couple of feet and as the squirrel tried to run away he flew up and landed on it again with both feet forward and digging!

He did that a couple more times until the squirrel stopped moving. I was impressed. I didn't think he had it in him!


11 Years
Sep 9, 2008
Pilot Mountain, NC
holy cow! What kind of Ninja Roo Do you have??? I didn't know Squirels would eat eggs. You must have felt rather bizzare there for a moment trying to take it all in....what was happening, I mean. I would have been in AWE!


Free Ranging
11 Years
Oct 16, 2008
Now that is one rooster that I want offspring from..

I would bet a rat or mink would me mighty surprised to try to take a bite out of him..

I'll bet it was a red squirrel ?

just a hunch..


13 Years
Jan 17, 2007
New Jersey
I have squirrels in my bird's building all the time and they do not touch the eggs. More likely the girls just had lower production during that timeframe. Squirrels are very smart and agile but eggs are awkward to carry and if eaten on the spot there would be shells.
Sad for the poor squirrel - wonder why the roo was so pi__ed off at him!
My roo sometimes does a little run after a squirrel - nothing serious - just to make them move! I think he has fun doing it. Then he's satisfied and goes back to whatever he was doing.


The Madd Hatcher
10 Years
Feb 26, 2009
Southern Pines, NC
:)WOW! That is amazing! I think he deserves a treat!!

When I was young we would visit my Grandmother in Boston, and the blue Jays would always attack the squirrels that were on the outside wires (my grandparents lived on the second floor). I asked my grandmother why the birds did that, and she told me it was because the squirrels stole the eggs. Sure enough I saw one running across the wires with an egg! So it does happen!!
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Frugal Fan Club President
12 Years
Jan 20, 2008
Bravo Roo! it's neat knowing you have a rooster that's into pest control. I hate that squirrels eat eggs, I'm such a bird nut. I've seen one rolling an egg along the ground and burying it as though it were a nut. Very odd looking, a scene worth a double take.
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flakey chick

12 Years
May 3, 2007
Who would have thought? I can't beleive our squirels could eat eggs, well maybe the fox squirels, but not the small grey ones we have here. My girls have a good relationship with the squirels. They have learned the danger cries which is good because I don't have a roo. Unfortunately the squirels have learned that my girls leave a few sunflower seeds behind. I did have to chase one out of the coop once.

I have WHAT in my yard?

11 Years
Jun 24, 2008
Eggberg, PA

Sorry! No squirrel stew in my pot!!
I would have to be very, very hungry!!

We have grey squirrels here, no red, but they are hearty country squirrels about the size of cat.

I don't know if that squirrel was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time - might have been!! But, I have seen the roo make feints at squirrels before but he never attacked one! I was shocked!

I was shocked that he kept after it like he did! I have no evidence of what the squirrel did, but I figure it had to have been something. I have never seen the roo that aggressive even to a dog. As far as I am concerned he's my hero.

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