Can You Feed Squirrels Nuts?
Is it OK to feed wild squirrels?
It is ok to feed squirrels, especially in the wintertime when food is scarce. However, it is best to not feed squirrels directly to prevent them from becoming overly aggressive or desensitized to humans. Instead, feed them with a squirrel feeder or by planting food-producing bushes in your yard.
What should you not feed squirrels?
– High-sugar foods (candy, cookies, granola, sweetened breakfast cereals) – High-starch foods (pasta, bread, rice, potatoes) – Salty foods. – Human junk food. – Cashews. – Sunflower seeds. – Dried corn. – Pine nuts.
Should I stop feeding the squirrels?
It’s okay to feed squirrels, but only in moderation. If regularly, you risk making it dependent on you for food. This potentially promotes an aggressive behavior of food expectation. It can also hurt the squirrel’s chances of survival due to starvation if you suddenly decide not to continue feeding it regularly.
What happens if you feed squirrels?
As squirrels are very good at finding their own food, constanstly feeding and supplying it for them may cause them to stop naturally hunting. It can also cause over population in a small area which can then become a nuisance for you and others in your local area.