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post #1 of 21 Old 06-01-2013, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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squirrels in my water trough

Have found another squirrel(this is 8 this year) in my water trough. Anyone ever had this problem?
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post #2 of 21 Old 06-01-2013, 03:36 PM
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That and birds. Simple solution is to put a stick, or board, or branch in the water trough so they can climb out and not drown.
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post #3 of 21 Old 06-01-2013, 03:41 PM
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How do they get in? Fall in from a fence? They must be thirsty. Maybe you could float a piece of wood in the trough allowing the critter to climb on it and hopefully get out. Or put a cake pan with water on the ground where the horses will not bother it.

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post #4 of 21 Old 06-01-2013, 03:55 PM
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You can lean a 2x4 inside the trough so they can climb back out.
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post #5 of 21 Old 06-01-2013, 04:01 PM
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put a small old bucket coffee can etc, down so they can get water , and then you will reduce the number of squirrels in the trough. Also be sure to dump and bleach the trough after fishing out the ones that drown. they will pee and poop in the water , besides that, they have fleas.
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post #6 of 21 Old 06-01-2013, 04:31 PM
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Place a green log on an angle in the tank. A freshly cut log won't float. Animals can climb out and get away.



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post #7 of 21 Old 06-01-2013, 06:00 PM
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I use a stack of cinder blocks...it's out in the pasture, so even mice were falling in...
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post #8 of 21 Old 06-01-2013, 06:01 PM
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The piece of wood trick works every time.

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post #9 of 21 Old 06-01-2013, 07:15 PM
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The piece of wood works, the pasture water trough hasn't had a dead squirrel in it since.
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post #10 of 21 Old 06-01-2013, 07:34 PM
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Agree with all the above - provide an "escape" item (board, branch, steps, etc).
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