Squirrel Invasion

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by texasmomma, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. texasmomma

    texasmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are using 2/3 of a shed the size of a single stall garage as our chicken coop. Right now, I have a broody hen with a few chicks in a dog kennel in the coop. The door is closed, but I wanted to see if we could open the door so the momma broody could at least go out and poop in the coop. The chicks are a couple of weeks old.

    My husband went out to the coop and found a momma squirrel and her babies in the coop. Will they coexist peacefully? Or do we have to find a way to rehome the squirrels?
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Squirrels eat eggs....... And squirrels eat baby birds.....
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    I once watched a chipmunk eat an entire frog. I have no doubt that squirrels would kill a chick, or eat an egg.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I would not allow a squirrel, or any other rodent, to set up housekeeping in any of my buildings...let alone my coop.

    They can be very destructive.....and yes eat chicken/eggs if they could.


    Either chase them off by disturbing it's nest..... or trap, kill and bury.
    The chickens would love to eat them too.
    Then secure coop against any other intruders.
     
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  5. texasmomma

    texasmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Squirrels are currently still up in the rafters and haven't wandered down. Will see how this plays out. Not sure how we will be able to keep the squirrels out of the rafters as there is quite a bit of airflow at the top of the coop. ;) Once they get a little bigger, we may move them elsewhere, unless my husband gets super annoyed with them beforehand.
     
  6. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    How big are your chicks?
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Put 1/2" Hardware Cloth over any squirrel sized or larger openings, all the eaves on my combo shed/coop building are covered with HC
     
  8. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    My the biggest concern I have with squirrels in my coop is that they enjoy the chicken feed... and they tell all their friends...
     
  9. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

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    You should be worried that the squirrels will eat all of your chicken feed/eggs/chicks and could easily spread disease across your flock. Maybe you can call a local wildlife rescue.
     

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