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Squirrel-proofing the compost bin

Holes in the compost binMy compost bin was dog-proof, just as I hoped.  Unfortunately, it wasn't squirrel-proof.

We usually walk past the compost/worms/parking area at least twice a day while walking Lucy, and that tends to keep critters away, but when we got flooded in, the wildlife got bold.  As soon as I was able to cross the creek, I peered in the compost bin and saw two big holes where some kind of wild animal (I'm guessing squirrels) had squeezed through the lattice and had a feast.
Chicken wire reinforcement
Although it doesn't matter too much if a few squirrels nibble on the food scraps, I want to keep my compost, so I added a layer of chicken wire around the outside of the bin.  I'm not sure if even that will be enough to keep out a determined critter.  I guess we'll just have to wait and see if someone else breaks in to eat.

Sick of messy chicken chores?  Our chicken waterer never spills or fills with poop.

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My guess would be raccoons going over the top.
Comment by Errol Sun Mar 6 09:15:37 2011
Good guess, but if you follow the link back to my original post about the compost bin, you'll see that there's a lid that's tied closed. It was still closed when we saw the damage, which means the compost eater was pretty small. Squirrels dig just like that and I see them around the parking area all the time, so I'm pretty sure they were responsible.
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