Posted by Jack on 1:55:47 6/14/2014 from 22.214.171.124:
Howdy, and Thanks for the board, a wealth of info.
What I wonder about is the rate. I got home to find a female grey in the trap, and a lot of droppings.
I brought the trap to the front porch thinking she was in there for most of the day, since all the peanut butter was gone, and began feeding her more. I would just love to reach in and pick her up, BUT, been there, done that, been bitten, had to quarantine it, 30 years ago, one hit by a car was dazed badly, broken leg as stop to look so I picked it up to take it and save its life, and some jerk speeding I guess about 80 in a 30 and nearly loosing control coming around the corner freaked the squirrel, and it commenced to turn my fingers into hamburger along with its lips, so I got shredded and stitched up in one fast and furious assault, I dove into my car and shut the door and managed to then get it off my hand, ... Ok long ago, but they still look so friendly.
But back to the droppings issue, 5 minutes of feeding it peanut butter from the end of small plastic knife, I went to take it across the driveway to the grass and give it some water, and when I picked up the trap, I noticed a large amount of droppings, 50+ all in less then 10 minutes.
Makes me think the amount on the roof took maybe an hour.
Birds take a dump about every 15 minutes, this grey squirrel seems to go every 15 seconds.
Could be due to being trapped or is that the normal rate? It appears to be 10 x that of mice, hamsters, guinea pigs or other little pocket pets.
Also, my guess is she has babies up there, but no way for a human to get in and see, so how many babies do they normally have?
And how long till they can be orphaned?
I don't know when they were born, she has nipples and disturbed fur around them, so she is nursing, or has nearly finished nursing, because she doesn't appear to have anything to fill a training bra with.
She first found her way in there less than 3 weeks ago, I think we scared her off, didn't hear anything until about 4 or 5 days ago, and about the day I heard it back I saw it jump from my roof to a tree, come down the branch and look in the window at me and sat there listening to me play piano for a while before running off.
That evening I heard the noises, so I went up on the roof and sound the entry point, contractors bypassed a bathroom fan vent and in the process failed to block it off.
It won't be easy to fix, but I have a couple temporary ideas.
I'm on the west coast so I'll check back later.
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