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post #11 of 21 Old 06-01-2013, 07:45 PM
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Cool- i had this issue for a while too and now i know!

I have a few (not five) questions- if the squirrel isnt smart enough to swim to the ledge how does he know to use the stick? Is there a special way it needs placed to work?
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post #12 of 21 Old 06-01-2013, 07:51 PM
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My stock water trough has high sides, the squirrel can jump in or fall in off the edge but it's too slick for them to climb out I guess?
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post #13 of 21 Old 06-01-2013, 07:54 PM
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Put one end on the bottom of the tank, and the other end leaning on the edge of the tank. This way they can climb out regardless of how much water is in there.
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post #14 of 21 Old 06-01-2013, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all. Good advice. There is water that would be easier for them to get to out all over. But they still get in my water trough I even moved it away from the fence thinking it would help. Will try a branch of some sorts my twh gelding will most likely pull it out but we'll see
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post #15 of 21 Old 06-01-2013, 09:37 PM
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If you can put the tank next to the fence, you can wire the branch to it.
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post #16 of 21 Old 06-01-2013, 10:52 PM
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I used a spare piece of chain link fence. So far we haven't had a single squirrel found. I would be heartbroken to see that, I love squirrels.
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post #17 of 21 Old 06-01-2013, 11:29 PM
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Have never had a squirrel in any of the water tanks but had one fall on my head once. IT HURT! LOL
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post #19 of 21 Old 06-01-2013, 11:56 PM
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I make a ramp out of heavy construction screen. I wrap it over the edge on the tanks that will work for that. I use a metal punch, put two holes in the edge of the tank and wire the screen to it.
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post #20 of 21 Old 06-02-2013, 12:15 AM
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I used a bucket w brackets in the trough for critters (unfortunately, we don't have squirrels). It worked well as near as I could tell, but our newest addition demolished it. :( But, I keep water out all over for the critters, and haven't had one end up in the trough w/o a "safety exit" so far. It seems odd that they go for your trough when other water is available. Maybe your horses push them in. ;)

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