I have planted a small patch I call the chicken patch that has lettuce, kale, and sprouts of alfafa, radish, clove and such next to the chicken coop. We wired with 4 feet and harvest for our chickens. I have noticed that somebody has been eating the lettuces and kales. Today I caught one squirrel breakfast in the chicken patch and husband discovered a family of 5 living under our shed, which is about 20-30 feet away. Does anyone else has squirrel problems? What do you do? Feed them separate food? How do you discourage them from eating chicken food? Add hot peppers to the feed? Should I be worried about diseases? They are not afraid of our chicks and the birds don't care about them.