I love my chickens and everything about caring for them, collecting the eggs, hatching out the eggs, and so much more. They are very entertaining at times and I even have a two person swing next to the chicken yard.
Additionally, their food attracts other hungry animals. I love watching the birds and squirrels run around snitching the chicken feed. The squirrels have even figured out ways to get into the containers that hold all that delicious corn. They have chewed holes into the rims of the barrel that holds the corn. But, the most creative thing they have done is chew around the edge of the lid and put their little paws between the top and bottom edge and actually push the lid off of the bucket.
At first, I thought I was just leaving the lid off the bucket which I found hard to believe, but, no one is perfect. I was really irritated because it drizzled rain and the top layer of the corn was slightly wet. I fussed at myself and vowed to not do that again.
But two more times, the same thing happened. The lid was off when I came to feed the chickens in the morning. Dang. I took my fingernail and easily lifted the lid and I knew the squirrels had to open the lid.
Another time, the squirrels swiped all the plum seeds out of the jiffy pots that I had planted and set out on my porch. I had planted some in the yard, too and they never grew so I know why now.
So when I had a hand full of pecans I wanted to attempt to plant, I knew I had to figure out a ways to keep those pesky squirrels from digging them up. So, I planted them in plastic pots but covered the pots with netting draped over the edges. Well, much to my dismay, the squirrels broke into the sides of the pots and pulled the pecans out in all five of the pots. I just hope the squirrels forget where they buried the pecans and I end up with some trees randomly growing on our two acres.
There are two stray cats that often find their way into my yard and I thought they were after my chickens but they are really after the squirrels. I am not a fan of cats period. I wouldn’t hurt one but I would be very happy if they disappeared.
I was having a discussion with my daughter and told her I didn’t want the cats to eat my squirrels because if the whole economy crashes, EMP, end of the , zombie attack, etc. scenerio happens, i may need to eat those squirrels. lol My sister-in-law says squirrels taste good. I hope I never have to find out.