Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by sewingca, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. sewingca

    sewingca Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    Here in Florida, we don't really have a winter. There are fat squirrels hanging around my fenced wooded area. Do you think they are sneaking in the coop and eating medicated feed? Do you suppose my two adult hens are laying and the furry rodents are making off with the eggs? I work full time, so I can't check at all times of the day for eggs. What are your thoughts on this subject?[​IMG]
  2. Cornychick

    Cornychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2009
    Sebastian County, AR
    squirrels will eat, steal and tear up everything they can get into. They are wasteful and leave fleas everywhere they go.
  3. sotelomary

    sotelomary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are your chickens free ranging or in a run/coop? If they are in the coop during the day, make the coop as predator proof as you can.

    We have squirrels also but they can't get into the coop where the food and eggs are. So I have no problem with them. The coop has the 1 inch hardware cloth.

  4. Zac S. Orig. 7 hatchery

    Zac S. Orig. 7 hatchery Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 12, 2009
    outside of Northfield mn
    If you want to make sure they are not getting anything, i can walk you through a easy trap set up. Mission accomplished yesterday @ a residence with 2 red squirrels.[​IMG]I guess thats my only option
  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    I forgot to turn on my electric fence yesterday after the morning feeding and later walked out to discover the biggest, fattest gray squirrel sitting in my feed dishes with all my ducks and geese standing in a ring around him watching him eat. We don't even have gray squirrels! They are city dwellers. The birds got a scolding about talking to strangers. [​IMG]
  6. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Sounds like yours free-range while you are gone with coop open? I think you need a run to secure them during your absence. They can free-range while you are home. Your situation could progress to a tragedy that you would return to one day.[​IMG]
  7. sewingca

    sewingca Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    Thanks all for the advice. Zac, I don't think I can trap squirrels - there are way more of them - I am surrounded by woods (very nice) and the wild critters are in abundance! My chickens have a totally enclosed area adjacent to the coop. It has a buried fence and a fence over top. Next to that is about 40' by 40' fenced wooded area. During the day, they can go in and out of the coop and into the wooded area. At night they are confined to the more secure area. We have an eagle nest nearby and when my DH saw her out earlier, he went down to check on the girls. All were okay. When we fenced the wooded area, we tossed all the brush into it so our girls have lots of hidey holes. [​IMG]
  8. Jonathanq1

    Jonathanq1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    I don't like squirrels at all I keep my area enclosed so I haven't had a problem, but they can be very brave and even eat your dogs food when noone is around. Some neighbors have had issues with them getting into attics and such they have caught a few using a live trap with peanut butter as bait.
  9. SunnyChic

    SunnyChic Keep The Sunny Side Up

    Mar 7, 2009
    My girls chase any squirrels that dare to enter their domain...they're very greedy with their feed! [​IMG]
  10. milestoog

    milestoog Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 29, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    I had squirrels trying to chew through the lid on the feed barrel; we use a plastic trash barrel. Went to the garden picked a few Cayenne peppers and rubbed them on the place they were chewing. Squirrels only came back once; last time I saw them they were headed toward the creek.: [​IMG]

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