Squirrels eating food in the coop

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by flockof4, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. flockof4

    flockof4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just moved to Missouri and the squirrel population here is abundant. It didn't take them long to find the feeder in the chicken coop and start devouring the food. I've started bringing it in during the day, but now I'm worried that the chickens won't be getting enough food. The chickens free range all day and are only in the coop to sleep. Any suggestions?
     
  2. kizanne

    kizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd suggest a soup. I believe they are supposed to be really good in soup. Or if you are if that isn't to your liking they make great dog food but I'd cook first.

    Seriously I'd look at eliminating them if you do manage to kill one you can cook it up and return it to the chickens.

    Secondly I hope someone whose chickens free range stops by as I'm sure they'll have more to say perhaps more helpful.
     
  3. TheWaddler

    TheWaddler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicken Treadle Feeder, lots of plans/videos on the intraweb.
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    A 22, a pellet rifle, or rat traps baited with peanut butter
     
  5. rebel-rousing-at-night

    rebel-rousing-at-night Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well they don't call them rats w/tails for nothing. [​IMG]

    What Bear Foot said sounds good.Also live traps.

    Is there a way you can feed them before they go out in the morning and then when they come in too?
     
  6. flockof4

    flockof4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do give them a handful of BOSS in the morning and whenever I'm out doing chicken chores. Thanks for the ideas.
     

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