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Old 04-12-2013, 09:48 PM
 
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It is absolutely normal. I used to go out into the woods looking for shed antlers. Sometimes I would find ones that had been chewed on by squirrels, mice, porcupines etc. They provide calcium to the animal and taste good to them.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Squirrel sitting in the backyard this morning gnawing on something in typical squirrel fashion. I went out to see what it had been eating, it had been chewing on my dog's chew bone. It's actually an elk antler. I don't think I've ever seen a squirrel chew a bone like that! There are little chew marks all on the ends.

My dog doesn't like the darn thing anyway, maybe someone will get some use from it!
No, what's weird is the resident squirrel who hangs around on my brick walk and seems to be licking it. I found a stale, half eaten roll out there the other day. I guess he forgot to take it home.
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:43 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Squirrel sitting in the backyard this morning gnawing on something in typical squirrel fashion. I went out to see what it had been eating, it had been chewing on my dog's chew bone. It's actually an elk antler. I don't think I've ever seen a squirrel chew a bone like that! There are little chew marks all on the ends.

My dog doesn't like the darn thing anyway, maybe someone will get some use from it!
Wow, that's unusual and interesting! I've never witnessed anything like that either.

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Old 04-15-2013, 05:38 PM
 
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Squirrel sitting in the backyard this morning gnawing on something in typical squirrel fashion. I went out to see what it had been eating, it had been chewing on my dog's chew bone. It's actually an elk antler. I don't think I've ever seen a squirrel chew a bone like that! There are little chew marks all on the ends.

My dog doesn't like the darn thing anyway, maybe someone will get some use from it!
No that is one rason you will find i time any areas with sqarrels will have no deer horn ion time from deer that died.they will even eat o honrs you hang on buildings.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:05 PM
 
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My SO and I used to watch the squirrels on the patio of our apartment. They were highly entertaining. We even named a couple of them. We were able to tell them apart by the notches in their ears.

They love peanuts, too, btw.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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I read an article about a guy who designed a "squirrel-proof" bird feeder. It had an electronic scale. Squirrels generally weigh about 20 oz and birds are much less. If the scale registered too much weight a trap door would shut, blocking access.

In no time one squirrel figured out that it could be defeated by hanging upside down from the top of the feeder, avoiding the scale. And when one squirrel figured it out, all the others quickly learned the same trick.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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I read an article about a guy who designed a "squirrel-proof" bird feeder. It had an electronic scale. Squirrels generally weigh about 20 oz and birds are much less. If the scale registered too much weight a trap door would shut, blocking access.

In no time one squirrel figured out that it could be defeated by hanging upside down from the top of the feeder, avoiding the scale. And when one squirrel figured it out, all the others quickly learned the same trick.
This is a great reason NOT to invest in one of them. I have considered getting one, because I do love to feed the birds, but dang they're expensive! And if they can be figured out, the heck with it.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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This is a great reason NOT to invest in one of them. I have considered getting one, because I do love to feed the birds, but dang they're expensive! And if they can be figured out, the heck with it.
The biggest problem with the 'squirrel proof' feeders is that we spend only a short time designing, building and placing them. Our squirrels spend every minute, they are awake, trying to foil our defense mechanisms. And; they are driven by hunger and the taste for our birdseed. While our brains are bigger; we don't have the time or incentive to win this battle.

It is no wonder that so many of us cannot wait for the fall hawk migration!
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:25 AM
 
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A couple of months ago, an empty vitamin bottle, hard plastic, managed to escape from my recycling bin. I found it on the lawn with the entire bottom neatly nibbled away. Since I'm sure the plastic didn't contain any calcium, I'm assuming the critter was doing the tooth-grooming thing. I live on a street that has little traffic and the surrounding yards all have trees and flowers and gardens in the Summer. Believe me, this is Squirrel Central.

I am on my third garbage can. I and my neighbor keep our garbage cans beside our houses. Hers has a large hole in the bottom. Mine, the old ones, were chewed through the hard plastic lids. This allows flies to get in and...well, that's enough. I don't like squirrels.
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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A couple of months ago, an empty vitamin bottle, hard plastic, managed to escape from my recycling bin. I found it on the lawn with the entire bottom neatly nibbled away. Since I'm sure the plastic didn't contain any calcium, I'm assuming the critter was doing the tooth-grooming thing. I live on a street that has little traffic and the surrounding yards all have trees and flowers and gardens in the Summer. Believe me, this is Squirrel Central.

I am on my third garbage can. I and my neighbor keep our garbage cans beside our houses. Hers has a large hole in the bottom. Mine, the old ones, were chewed through the hard plastic lids. This allows flies to get in and...well, that's enough. I don't like squirrels.
Only metal garbage cans work on most critters (excluding bear). You still should have a bungee cord holding the lid on. Raccoons can be pretty clever at getting off lids. Squirrels will even try to chew through the metal lids until their teeth bleed (especially if they smell something appetizing).
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