we love chickens, squirrels and wild birds. how do they mix?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Roger-B, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. Roger-B

    Roger-B In the Brooder

    Oct 14, 2007
    We are thinking of installing a squirrel feeder and squirrel house in our outdoor chicken run. Are we asking for trouble? if not, what sort of feed should we use for the squirrels?. Are there any foods for squirrels that are not good for chickens?, since we are sure some of the squirrel food will be dropped onto the surface of the run. Another option would be to install a wild bird feeder in this area in the run, since our cat does not like to socialize with the chickens. Can anyone imagine a problem from doing this? many thanks for any advice from those with any experience to share.
  2. menageriemama

    menageriemama Songster

    Feb 2, 2008
    Superior, WI
    My gut reaction is that it is not a good idea to put the feeders anywhere near your chickens. Squirrls are messy, spilled grain invites mice and rats, and they bring disease and snakes who feed on them. I dont think that the feed itself would be harmful, but other problems could arise like mites etc... Same for wild bird feeders. Wild birds are vectors for disease. I would find a nice spot well away from your run to feed your wild friends [​IMG]

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    Last edited: Sep 22, 2008
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Enjoy and feed the squirrels and wild birds well away from your chickens.

    menageriemama is correct. The wild birds especially can carry disease easily passed on to your chickens.
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Plus, once they run out of grain you're feeding them, they'll go mingle with your birds and eat up all your expensive chicken food while leaving behind nasties. You can get feather mites from wild birds too.
  5. pkeeler

    pkeeler Songster

    Jul 20, 2008
    From what I've seen, chickens and squirrels don't mix. I would put the feeders in other parts of the yard.

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