Squirrel IN the run

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Chickening101, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. Chickening101

    Chickening101 Chirping

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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?
     
  2. llombardo

    llombardo Crowing

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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.
     
  3. RWise

    RWise Songster

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    Live traps and peanut butter bendovers, check local laws on what to do when you catch one.
     
  4. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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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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