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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

How much food do chipmunks store

I like the chipmunks. Perhaps it is better to say I like to watch my cat watch the chipmunks. But they are lively little creatures and I admire their work ethic. They spend all day gathering mounds of food to sustain them through tough Michigan winters. Chipmunks can hoard up to 8 pounds of seeds for the winter.

During hibernation, chipmunks can seem like they are dead. Their heart rates can drop from 350 beats per minute to around 4 beats per minute, and their body temperature can drop from 94 degrees Fahrenheit (34.4 Celsius) to as cold as 40 F (4.44 C), according to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

Recently a chipmunk discovered my seed cylinder feeder. It took him three days to go through one medium sized cylinder. This gave me the perfect opportunity to test out a HOT Seed cylinder. Wild Birds Unlimited East Lansing, MI is now carrying Hot Pepper Cranberry, Hot Pepper No-mess, and Flaming Hot Feast Seed Cylinders. I have a fly-through feeder any critter can feed from but I wanted to leave the cylinders for my woodpeckers and cardinal (birds).

One bite and the poor chipmunk turned around and never returned. Poor baby. But now I know the hot seed cylinders do keep chipmunks away but still feed a variety of birds. Listen to chipmunks call: https://youtu.be/ESJaPmfbius
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How many species of squirrels are in Michigan? http://bit.ly/A2wG1g
Will Safflower seed keep squirrels and chipmunks off my bird feeder? http://bit.ly/wYGDBi
 

1 comment:

Unknown said...

The chippies in our yard store more than their little pantries can hold apparently because they're stashing sunflower seeds from the bird food even in my garden! They've planted so many sunflowers that it may make up eventually for all they've 'borrowed' from the birds.