Appalachia

There’s A Crazy Squirrel At My House

Crazy squirrrel

Meet my crazy squirrel. He’s sitting on top of the chicken run. He looks serene sitting there eating his little acorn-but don’t let that fool you.

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Crazy squirrel’s visits to the chickens always start out very peaceful. He walks around seeming to enjoy his vantage point over the yard when suddenly he looks down…

Squirrel chases chicken

 

and sees the chickens.

Squirrels and chickens

 

Once crazy squirrel locks his eyes on the chickens below its Katy bar the door. His tail becomes rigid his eyes become glazed and you’ve never heard such chattering barking in all of your life.

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Then the frantic running begins as crazy squirrel tries his best to figure out what to do about the chickens.

Squirrel acts crazy

 

The chickens they take it all in stride. They watch crazy squirrel perform his antics until he finally decides there just ain’t nothing he can do about the chickens and heads for the woods until…

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the next day when he does it all over again.

Tipper

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Quinn
    January 16, 2015 at 3:04 am

    I loved Miss Cindy’s comment!
    One of the squirrels here has learned to hang upside down by its toes to get at the squirrel-proof (ha!) bird feeder without stepping on the perch that closes off the feeder holes if anything heavier than a bird steps on it. The other squirrels hang around hopefully in case Upside Down Squirrel accidentally drops a seed, but so far I haven’t seen that happen. Usually I don’t encourage squirrels, but then the temp dropped to -9F for a couple of days in a row, I felt so sorry for the ones hunkered down hopefully that I threw out a handful of seed just for them.

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    TimMc
    January 15, 2015 at 6:31 am

    It may be time to invite him in for supper.. If you know what I’m saying..

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    Brenda S 'Okie in Colorado'
    January 14, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    We have a neighborhood squirrel that comes into our backyard and antagonize my 2 doxies and yorkie. I have named the squirrel, Squirrel Haggard.

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    Jean
    January 14, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Hi Tipper,Sure enjoyed the squirrel story and pictures.Took me back to 1956,Richard was stationed at Shaw AFB in SC.He enjoyed squirrel hunting.If I’m remembering right thats the year he got between 60 and 70 squirrels.One day he come across an elderly man in the woods cooking out doors,since Richard had only gotten one squirrel he offered it to the man,he thanked Richard and said it would go good with the fish he was cooking.Thanks for another memory.God Bless

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    Pamela Danner
    January 14, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    I also love to watch squirrels. We used to have two baby squirrels as temporary pets. My Dad was trimming a palm tree in his front yard and down came a squirrels nest with two babies in it. The mother was nowhere to be seen so my oldest daughter Nicole insisted we take them home to take care of them.I hand fed them, walked around the house with them in my shirt pockets (at their insistent’s), and let them climb my indoor ficus tree. They finally got to rambunctious so when they were able to fend for themselves we took them back to my parents house and let them go. They would jump on our shoulders whenever we were over there and we would give them homemade cookies. My dad even went out to the park and picked up a whole paper grocery bag of acorns for them. He put it on the patio and one of them tore a hole in the screen so they could get to the acorns. It was so funny to watch them bury acorns in all of my Moms potted plants (she didn’t think it was very funny) and all over the yard and pat the dirt down.
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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    David Templeton
    January 14, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Fattest squirrel I’ve ever seen. You must have had abundant mast a few months back.
    Just a thought: If you want to eat squirrel, and unless squirrels are an intolerable and destructive presence, go out into the deep woods and bring one home. Seems anti-serenity to kill, as some suggest, wildlife coming to your porch.

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    Ken
    January 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Tipper,
    That was a funny story. Squirrels
    act different whan they come on
    your property, especially for a
    look-see or a snack.
    Someone told me the other day to
    not take any wooden nickels. Well, I burn wood and I’ll take all I can get. I think I’ll start me a “shavins account.” …Ken

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    Jim Casada
    January 14, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Tipper–I think the solution is: (1) Start with a well-placed shot from a .22. (2) Find three of this angry squirrel’s cousins and give them a dose of the .22 as well. (3) Clean, quarter, remove glands under front legs, and soak in cold water with a bit of soda added for an hour. (4) Remove, wash away all the soda. (5) Prepare your favorite squirrel dish–fried squirrel, baked squirrel with sweet potatoes (not yams), or squirrel and dumplings. Incidentally, if you take recommended steps 1-4 I have multiple recipes for step 5.
    Jim Casada
    http://www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com

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    Shirley
    January 14, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Squirrels can be so entertaining and irritating at the same time! Many years ago I raised 2 that were left from a nest we disturbed by accident. This incident happened on Valentine’s Day, so we named them: Val and Tiny. When they got larger and were nipping at me when I was feeding them at 7 months pregnant, we let them go. I often wonder if the ones we have here now are descendants. After having them in our attic, having them chew through screen porches, and fighting them off bird feeders, they’re “tree rats” in my mind. Live and learn!

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    Sherry
    January 14, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Squirrels…my husband fusses at the ones in our yard everyday. We have two pecan trees and they destroy every pecan before it can even develop. Do not get him started on squirrels.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    January 14, 2015 at 9:50 am

    A little squirrel visits me many mornings. He comes running onto my deck from an oak tree nearby where he has a nest high up in its branches. He scurries around the deck as if to see if anything has been bothered or added since his visit yesterday. Then, probably noticing through my kitchen glass door/down to the floor window that I am seated at the table, he seems to check to see if I’m having my morning coffee and reading the morning paper. Satisfied that all is in order, he bids me farewell and takes off again to his home in the tree. Morning rituals are somewhat reassuring–for me and for the squirrel!

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    Cheryl Soehl
    January 14, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Guess our squirrels have figured out that neither of our dogs can catch them, so one nice fat furry guy was sitting directly under the bird feeder this morning nonchalantly nibbling on his purloined sunflower seeds while the pups barked frantically from the porch, too lazy (or too cold) to give chase. I have two oak trees that produced a bumper crop of acorns this year, so the squirrels don’t have to work very hard for their living. Judging from the acorns and holly berries, we are in for a long, cold winter.

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    dolores
    January 14, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Squirrels can certainly be a pest, but their antics are great entertainment. Sometimes I will leave an ear of corn for our resident squirrel, but it is annoying to pull the corn growing among my plants when he/she burries the kernals. I really liked your story.

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    b. Ruth
    January 14, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Tipper,
    It’s not the hens he doesn’t like, it is that big red rooster!
    Try locking that rooster up and see if you get the same reaction when only the hens come out of the hen house! Sooo funny! Does he flip his tail and signal all the other squirrels in the neighborhood about the “mean old rooster”?
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…We have one of those “corn-fed” fat squirrels that visit our feeder. No amount of tapping on the window will scare him off. That is until I grab the large metal dipper and give the window a “clanking” rap or two. Then down he goes, looks back and shoots me the (tail flip) with a hateful look! He is so scared of that round, shiny, metal dipper…with the “alien head” and sound on the window! LOL
    It is like he knows it’s coming, but just keeps eating til I get the dipper!

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    Miss Cindy
    January 14, 2015 at 7:58 am

    You know Tip, I’ve known people like that. They scream and shout about something that is none of their business, do their best to stir up everyone around them then walk away. I guess it’s just part of the nature of life.

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    Charles Fletcher
    January 14, 2015 at 7:44 am

    The Dear Hunter knows how to cook
    Squirrel gravy. What are you waiting on? Squirrel broth was used to help
    the sick get well when I was a kid.
    Charles

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    b guffey
    January 14, 2015 at 7:19 am

    talk about crazy, the squirrels got in my attic and it sounded like they were moving furniture around, you wouldnt think they could make that much noise , it was spooky tilli found out they had removed a piece of vinyl from behind an outside flu and got in
    they can out smart the best of up

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    William Dotson
    January 14, 2015 at 7:18 am

    I love to watch the antics of the crazy squirrels, being their nutty part of nature.

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