Will a squirrel feeder attract other critters?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Chicks Galore3, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut

    Dec 16, 2011
    I am thinking of putting up a squirrel feeder, but I had the thought that it might attract other critters, in particular raccoons or possums, or other animals that might notice my chickens. I've had chickens for almost 3 years and have never had a problem with predators beside hawks, and I don't want to start attracting them now! I suppose it depends on what is in the squirrel feeder - nuts and seeds are what I am planning.
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    You're right, it will attract anything that eats what is in it.

    Even without the squirrel feeder, you'd be amazed at the variety of predatory wildlife that will frequent your yard when you're sound asleep.
  3. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

  4. KGreene

    KGreene Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 23, 2014
    Dependent upon what you have in the feeder, it may attract anything from birds to rats to bears.... The bears around Va. are notorious for destroying anything that has corn or sunflower seeds in it. Coons and possums are particularly fond of corn.

    Just food for thought
  5. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    Hawks are also notorious for being attracted to the squirrels and the song birds that bird feeders attract. But other birds are an even greater danger to your flock by virtue of song birds being a vector for mites, lice, and almost every chicken disease known to man.
  6. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut

    Dec 16, 2011
    Thank you for your advice guys! I'll think about what I'll do. :)

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