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what kind of pests?squirrels?mice?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by 2chick, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. 2chick

    2chick Chirping

    Jul 6, 2013
    I put a whole plate of food in my chicken coop and an hour later its all gone.I only have one chicken, so I don't think it ate it all. Also, there is not even one little spill. Even though there are no holes under the chicken coop, i think a squirrel might have somehow got in.Any suggestunes? PLEASE HELP, BEACAUSE I CAN NOT AFFORD TO BUY A 5 POUND BAG OF FEED EVERYDAY FOR JUST ONE CHICKEN[​IMG]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.[​IMG]

  2. If your single chicken is caged it may well have eaten a plate full of food. Assuming it is a normal sized plate, it is possible.

    Hopefully you can keep an eye out for squirrels and take care of that problem if that is what ate your feed. Squirrels will eat chicken feed for sure.

    Just a suggestion but buying a large (50lb) bag of feed for 17 seems expensive at time of purchase but you will find it pays for itself within a month of buying little 5lb bags. Hope this helps.

    For your chickens sake I hope you get a least one more to keep it sane. [​IMG]
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Wild birds can clean up food in a pretty short period of time, you might want to check if you have a lot of starlings or sparrows around, they tend to be bad about it. Besides squirrels, mice and rats also like to help themselves to chicken food if they can.
  4. stlcards

    stlcards In the Brooder

    Jul 15, 2013
    Squirrels are my biggest problem. Here's a pic of the top of the feeder I had to replace today. My Blue Heeler usually runs them off, but if I catch them first I have a Ruger 10-22 with a laser that takes care of them real quick.

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