Squirrel Behavior

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  1. Ken Anderson

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    My squirrels will sometimes tap on the window now if the feeder is empty. Clearly, they know that I am feeding them. If I hold out a handful of peanuts, the squirrel's eyes will get big, obviously aware that I am probably going to give him some peanuts. Still, when I open the window to put the peanuts out, the squirrel will jump to the tree as if I was going to kill him.
     
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    I've heard that music will tame the "savage squirrel"!
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    When we lived in Jacksonville, FL my Honey "trained" a Squirrel to come and eat peanuts right out of his hand. :) Every day when he came home from work and sat out on the porch/patio he would start a trail of peanuts that the Squirrel would eat, moving that trail closer to our porch/patio every few days until he had the peanuts right on the porch/patio and when that Squirrel got used to eating the peanuts right in front of my Honey, then after a few days my Honey put the peanuts in his hands and with patience the Squirrel finally started eating them right out of his hand. I even have pictures of this somewhere. :)
     
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    I think my squirrels could be persuaded to do take peanuts out of my hand if I were outdoors more. They recognize the peanuts when I have them in my hand and will move toward the window. But the opening of the window scares them, and they jump to the tree.
     
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    Yes, I believe they could to Ken. My Honey has a lot of patience and it took time, patience, and waiting quietly for that Squirrel to trust him enough to eat those peanuts out of his hand. But once that trust came...the Squirrel was pretty much there every day eating peanuts out of my Honey's hand. :)
     
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    Ray Stevens - The Mississippi Squirrel Revival:eek:
     
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    Laughing haha .gif The Lord works in mysterious ways. Laughing haha .gif
     
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    I have patience too, but I don't spend that much time outside unless I'm doing something.
     
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    My Honey is always doing something outside...he'd live out there if he could! :) He's got the Blue Jays letting him know when he has to buy more peanuts now. They will come right up on the porch rail and fuss at him if he hasn't put them out some peanuts in a couple of days. And he has a lizard he named BugEata that comes and sits right on his coffee container and smiles at him. :)

    Life with my Honey is never boring that's for sure. :)
     
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    He's like St Francis. :)


    Did I get that right??
     
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    Yes, I think you did Chrissy. :)
     
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    I drove a nail through a board then put a sweet potato on the nail for my squirrels to eat. So far, no takers.
     
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    One thing I have noticed - well, actually, I have noticed more than one thing in my life, but the one thing I was going talk about - is that when I put corn on the cob out for the squirrels that we have bought at the local grocery store (Hannaford), they mostly ignore it. Yet, when I put some out that we had bought from the farm, they ate it up quickly. When I bought some dried corn, intended as squirrel food, they aren't too excited about it either.
     
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