squirrel-free home made feeders

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cook_kaka_ook, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. cook_kaka_ook

    cook_kaka_ook Songster

    Oct 29, 2009
    I know these squirrels won't physically harm my flock but are a bunch of pesky free-loaders. Does any BYC member has one? Any ideas?

  2. Our hens don't like squirrels and so they chase them out of the pens.
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    I can only wish that we had squirrels--sigh--not too many in the low desert. I think I've seen 4 or 5 in the Phoenix area in the last 25 years. But that number may be high [​IMG]

    Roof rats, however, we have plenty of them. Another big sigh.
  4. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    Since a squirrel can reach as high as any chicken, I doubt you will find anything that your chickens can eat out of that the squirrels can't.

    But, if you find such a feeder, I know we all would like to see it.


  5. TurtleFeathers

    TurtleFeathers Fear the Turtle!

    Jan 9, 2009
    By the Chesapeake Bay
    Quote:My husband says squirrels are nothing but "tree rats" - I love them, myself, however, I know they can be QUITE destructive in large numbers. We don't have many here, but the few we have don't go anywhere near my chicken pens, and I honestly believe its because the chickens scare them off.
  6. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    My mother who lives in suburban Ann Arbor, MI has a HUGE problem with squirrels. They eat her potted plants, dig up her planted ones, plant peanuts and corn in her perennial garden (had corn growing among her sedums and coneflowers), scare birds away from her feeder. She "borrows" my dog once in awhile to chase them as her dog is too old and lazy. Our chickens do a superb job of keeping them out of the run and our dog keeps them away from our bird feeders. If you have a dog and see a squirrel near the chickens, let the dog out to chase it. After a couple of close calls, they start to learn;)

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