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Old 04-10-2013, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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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!
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:16 AM
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The squirrel is getting calcium, or some other nutrient from the gnawing. I've found bones in the woods, similarly nibbled.
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:14 PM
 
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Hehe. We have crazy squirrels, too. One eats every bit of bird seed he can get his squirrely hands on, while the other (maybe his brother?) only nibbles. They are funny to watch. I wish I could hear what they're saying about us humans!
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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squirrels are omnivores just like humans. They even are known to catch and eat small birds. Squirrels are amazing. A researcher called them "the clowns in your backyard."
Scientists try to unlock secrets of city squirrels
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:23 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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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!
At my last house, I had a squirrel hanging around my front yard for about two years. It wore a collar...one of those stretchy cat collars.

And it would steal dog bones from my back yard and stash them in a tree out front and gnaw on them.
Squirrels are mainly herbivores but will eat all manner of things and they do need calcium in their diets as well as simply hard things to chew to keep their teeth worn down...check this link, "antlers" is listed.

Squirrel Rescue - Help with Baby Squirrel or Orphaned Squirrels
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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Wow. I didn't look it up at all, I had assumed squirrels were vegetarians, since they regularly eat any kind of seeds I put out for the birds. I don't even bother trying to feed the birds any more.

I figured it was a source of calcium, just had never seen that before.

They are funny little creatures....they keep Vito entranced for hours.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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We have ducks and our female ducks love egg shells (especially at this time of the year while they are laying). The male ducks are not interested in the shells. Nature seems to know what it needs to survive.

I never thought about squirrels eating antlers. I was always told that the filed mice ate the antlers. But it would be natural for a squirrel to go after the calcium and minerals - if it needed them.

We have wooden birdhouses that squirrels have ruined. They gnawed the opening so large that no bird will use them. Possibly it is because they do that to get after the bird eggs for the calcium?

We have $85 “Squirrel Proof” bird feeders. The other day my wife was looking out the window and thought the one feeder looked funny. It had a squirrel's tail sticking out the back of the feeder. The little bugger managed to open the lid and was then pigging out!

We usually look forward to the fall hawk migration and the inevitable reduction of squirrels and chipmunks.
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:00 PM
 
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We have $85 “Squirrel Proof” bird feeders. The other day my wife was looking out the window and thought the one feeder looked funny. It had a squirrel's tail sticking out the back of the feeder. The little bugger managed to open the lid and was then pigging out!

Nothing is squirrel proof I guess. My husband yells at them and bangs on the window when they eat his birdseed. They do run away sometimes, but mostly just give him squirrel-lip the rest of the time.
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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Yeah, between the squirrels eating the bird seed and the dog chasing the squirrels, I don't bother too much with trying to feed the birds any more. Except for stale bread I throw on the front lawn where the dog won't eat it. The squirrels sometimes eat that too, but not usually.
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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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!
I think when deer shed their antlers every year, the little forest critters eat them.
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