Squirrel IN the run

Chickening101

Chirping
Apr 20, 2017
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My hens were acting frantic...after one of them laid, and went in the run, she acted weird too.
Later I look out the window and there is a squirrel IN the enclosed run, literally eating from the chicken feeder.
No wonder they were acting weird!

Bottom line: how can I repel squirrels?
 

llombardo

Crowing
Mar 11, 2018
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Will squirrels hurt a chicken? I have lots of squirrels. I have good ones that stay in the front and suicidal ones that come in the yard with the dogs.
 

PirateGirl

Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist
Mar 11, 2017
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Ugh. We end up with prairie dogs in the run. The chickens really don't like it sometimes, especially when the prairie dogs are freaking out trying to get back out of the run. I have not tried this yet, but many people like what's called a treadle feeder. Here is a picture of one so you get the idea. Essentially the chickens have to step on it to open the lid and eat. Less spilled/exposed food means less rodents. I'm not sure if the squirrels would ultimately figure out how to use it or not.

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