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#16 cumminsdeere87 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 28, 2015 - 08:47 AM

Ive actually never had problems with them till last year when my corn got about 2 ft tall the squirrels would climb it and tear it down. I swear ive never seen them do that before but now i watch them with my pellet gun hahah.

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Posted March 28, 2015 - 09:41 AM

FWIW If you start early in the spring, when the squirrels are young, you can acclimate them to eating chicken instead of nuts and seeds.

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Posted March 28, 2015 - 10:12 AM

Darn tree rats get into the chicken feed every chance they can.  Used to plant corn and beans close to the tree line, darn rats enjoy them, we don't.  Corn/beans will be grown elsewhere this year, wonder how far they will go to steal?  We have the smaller red rats, I've only seen the good eating gray ones a couple times here.

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Posted March 28, 2015 - 10:43 AM

We live in the city limits but had a small farm outside of town. We would gather black walnuts every year & bring them home. My youngest daughter now 32 was about six years old at the time. I was showing her how to roll the walnuts across the yard & watch the squirrels come get them. After awhile I was getting them about twenty feet away from us. I had to go in the garage so I told her to keep them a safe distance away because they can be aggressive. She had speech problems & she would pronounce her F words with an SH. Awhile later she came running in the garage yelling Daddy, daddy the whole shamilies out here, so I ran out their & sure enough she had eight squirrels out there all different sizes going crazy over these walnuts. 


My wife don't like me feeding them because they dig her flowers up & like mentioned eat holes in the veggies.

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Posted March 28, 2015 - 12:15 PM

my olny complaint is that the dang critters dig in my mulch by my trees, just like a pocket gopher.

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Posted March 28, 2015 - 06:33 PM

We've  got red squirrels around here. They all answer to Sammie! Guess I need to find a way to tell them apart!

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Posted March 28, 2015 - 07:24 PM

I never had a problem with then getting in my stuff.

I do enjoy par boiling them then pulling all the meat off the bone and frying the meat with peppers and onions. Slap on a hoagie bun and it's the best sandwich in the world.

We bought a dozen meat rabbits and put them in a pen at the camp. We ate 2 of them though.

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Posted April 03, 2015 - 12:19 AM

It's cool that your kids like watching them, better than staring at a computer screen in my opinion.

Around here they are fair game. THEY WRECKED to many bird feeders, and besides that, my two labs Ruger and Colt love playing with squirrels.

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Posted April 09, 2015 - 12:17 AM

Bushy tailed roof rats! In the fall they stash mushrooms everywhere, usually manage to fill the cross over auger in the grain bin and the chickens get chopped 'shrooms in their oats for a while. But I still love the little guys and don't mind when they get in the bird feeder. Up here they spend most of the winter sleeping anyhow.

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Posted April 09, 2015 - 11:20 AM

Had a bear visit me the other night and he took down my bird feeders as gental as could be and ate them clean. The tree rats on the other hand make a huge mess and ruin the feeders by chewing them all up.....
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Posted April 09, 2015 - 03:05 PM

I have a rat problem too.  Too many large suburb forest rats.  These have hooves and are eating everything in the neighborhood.  I looked into the neighbors yard and saw six of them there.  It was around 1:00 pm or so.  They didn't care.  The other morning, around 5am, I counted over 12 across the street at the neighbors.  




In the foreground of the photograph is the lead to the electric fence that goes to "daytime dave's suburban garden."  I'm going to make sure I add a course of wire along the top.  I usually only do three along the bottom and one in the middle to hang the fence placards from.  I have a dog fence around the back yard and they tend to stay out of my hard.  


There's more wildlife in my backyard then there is at my parent's farm.  No pressure here from hunters or predators.  

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Posted April 09, 2015 - 05:47 PM

I have some taco eating crows

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Posted April 10, 2015 - 06:55 AM

I have some taco eating crowsThe crows in our back yard are huge,,  they will actually chase the squirrels away from the bird feeders,  I heard they taste like chicken. 

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Posted April 10, 2015 - 08:57 AM

    Years ago I shot, prepped and cooked some black birds on a dare. They and about a million others were in a neighbours sunflower field. They roasted up right nicely, and tasted like grouse !    :rolling:  :rolling: