Squirrels VS Button Quail

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by TheNeonPanther, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. TheNeonPanther

    TheNeonPanther Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone. I was thinking about building a small run that my button quail could go into. (Only in the day) But I have seen pictures of squirrels eating small birds and that has come to my concern
    I have been bitten by a squirrel before and it was not pretty, and nor would it be a good way to go. (Long story on how I was bitten.) But I have a few questions..

    Q1: How often do squirrels attack small birds + eggs?
    Q2: How do I repel the squirrels and/or should I cull every one that comes near? (Using a blowgun but being careful not to hit the quail of course.)
    Thanks!
     
  2. TheNeonPanther

    TheNeonPanther Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't say where you live, but I've never had problems with attack squirrels! Of course, my 3 dogs and 3 cats keep them on their toes.

    Build the run with 1/2" hardware wire so no squirrels can get through. I would not automatically remove the squirrels, most should leave the birds alone.
     
  4. TheNeonPanther

    TheNeonPanther Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok! Good to know, thanks alot! Your statement reminds me though, the cats will be trying to prey on the quails, so I might install a low voltage electric fence just to keep cats, a possible daytime coon (Maybe, they might to the smell of prey), and hawks away, as well as a small dog that wants to lick every small thing to death. I plan on having 2 fences. One on the interior and of course the electrified fence so they won't get hurt! Also, I live in Southeast Texas.
     

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