How to Make Gray Squirrel Treats
If you’ve ever wondered how to make gray squirrel treats, the answer is surprisingly easy. Just keep these things in mind: squirrels are known for their omnivorous nature, so fruit-based treats and peanut butter are best. Keep in mind, though, to keep them away from things like hot chilli sauce and corn. They also love peanuts and sunflower seeds. These treats will make them happy, and you can avoid any risk of them contracting MBD by following these tips.
While most gray squirrels have evolved to mimic human diets, some of them don’t. While many squirrel foods are nutritious, too much of the wrong kinds can have undesirable effects. While fruit is a squirrel favorite, too much can prevent your pet from absorbing calcium, which it needs to be healthy. Remember to rotate the fruit-based treats your squirrel enjoys throughout the season. In summer, and early fall, your squirrel will be more likely to eat fruit.
Western gray squirrel populations are declining in Washington state. A small population of western gray squirrels hangs in the joint base Lewis-McChord Military Reservation, but most of them are gone in the wild. These species were not always this scarce, and many of them were once widespread across the Northwest. Despite this, they now exist in only a few areas, including the western Puget Trough and selected sites in the Willamette Valley.
Avoiding hot chilli sauce
If you want to repel grey squirrels from your garden, it is recommended to avoid using hot chilli powder or sauce. These hot peppers will only irritate the birds and will not harm your plants. Alternatively, you can use red pepper, which is similar to chili powder. Red pepper doesn’t harm the birds and will not have any adverse effects on the plants. While you can’t entirely avoid the presence of hot chilli sauce in your garden, making sure to use it sparingly will help you deter squirrels from your gardens.
Hot peppers such as cayenne, habaneros and capsicums are highly aversive to squirrels. However, you can still provide them with a healthy and tasty treat. Squirrels will not get enough vitamin D by eating cereal, so offering them a bowl of cereal is a good way to keep them healthy. However, if you want to avoid pepper sprays, you should avoid using hot chilli sauce when making gray squirrel treats.
While it might be tempting to use sweetcorn to make your own gray squirrel treats, it’s important to avoid giving them this food. Sweetcorn is high in sugar and starch, which can upset their digestion and lead to weight gain. Experts also recommend not feeding raw corn kernels to squirrels because they can chip their teeth. They’re also a choking hazard. However, cooked kernels can be nutritious for your squirrel, though they should never be fed to your pet. In addition to that, kernels stuck in the squirrels’ teeth can lead to tooth decay and gum infections.
Squirrels naturally eat a balanced diet, but too much of the wrong foods can lead to a deficiency in their bones. While fruits are often delicious, they can contribute to MBD (metabolic bone disease) by limiting their calcium intake. If you plan on feeding your pet squirrels sweet treats, try to mix them with some natural foods, such as peanuts and sunflower seeds.
Nesting in tree leaves
If you have an Eastern Gray Squirrel in your yard, you should try making some of the foods they enjoy: leafy twigs and grass. These are great for gray squirrel treats and a great way to attract these wild animals. In summer, the grays are active foragers, making a living by nesting in tree leaves. They build second or third leaf nests to house their babies. This nest will be high up in a tree, usually in the forks of a large tree.
A gray squirrel’s diet consists of seasonal plant foods, such as fruits, berries, and nuts. The species also likes to feed on flower buds and bulbs. In addition to eating flowers, gray squirrels use tree leaves to build their nests, and they gnaw tree bark. Besides tree leaves, these creatures often use the lawn to bury nuts. The holes they leave behind are usually very deep, so you should fill the hole with acorns and other edible foods.
Building fat reserves
Building fat reserves is essential for your gray squirrel. While most squirrels eat a well-balanced diet, you can make mistakes by serving too much of something. For example, while most squirrels love fruit, too much of it can prevent them from absorbing the calcium needed for healthy bones. This is especially true during the warmer months when they consume more fruit. You can also add some vegetables to your gray squirrel’s diet to help them stay healthy in the winter.
Squirrels are opportunistic feeders and will eat almost anything you give them. Try to include seeds. These are packed with fiber, vitamins, and healthy fats. Pine nuts and other nut varieties are great choices for your gray squirrel. Poppy seeds and pumpkin seeds are also popular. Safflower seeds are also good options. Remember that squirrels will climb trees to get to these fruits and vegetables. Fruit is high in calories and will give them the energy they need to survive in the winter.
Avoiding junk food
When making gray squirrel treats, there are several things you should avoid. For starters, chocolate is toxic for animals and humans. Even small amounts of chocolate can upset a squirrel’s system, so you should avoid giving them these treats. Additionally, high-fat foods are not good for small animals and may cause them to have seizures. Chocolate is particularly bad for the eastern gray squirrel, which is the most common wild squirrel. Chocolate contains theobromine, which can cause seizures and upset the digestive tract.
You can provide your pet with healthy snacks by avoiding processed foods and junk food. Squirrels are omnivores and can eat anything, from nuts and seeds to fruit and vegetables. But it is important to avoid junk food when making gray squirrel treats, as they are likely to become obese and have low bone density. Instead, choose healthy, protein-packed dishes. This way, you’ll encourage your pet to eat more and play more.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.