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Any Walnut Experts on Here

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  1. avery53

    avery53 Member

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    I am about 2-3 weeks away from harvesting my English walnuts.
    The hulls are still green and very tight.
    Something is coming in at night and eating the hulls, but leaving the not yet ripe nut.
    Squirrels take the whole nut, and steal during the daylight hours, this thing is a night feeder.
    Any idea what animal could be eating the hulls off the nuts?
    I only have two trees, and the buggers are cleaning me out. HELP!

    Thanks
    steve
     
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    Deer?
     
  3. avery53

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    I have never seen a deer show any interest in my walnuts, but it sure is possible since they come to the bird feeders.
    I wonder if porky's like walnuts?
    I guess I need to get a trail-cam out to know for sure.

    Thanks
     
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    Racoon's eat the acorns on my oak at night. Not sure about walnuts.
     
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    Bears! Only guessing!

    Harry
     
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    Are there any feral hogs in your area? They will wear them out, but usually you would see some rooting around the trees, but if there is enough nuts they won't root too much
     
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    It sounds as if you have a Monkey problem. Has anyone been hit with flying feces?

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    Camera, good. A poop analysis would be a possibility. Usually when there is food going in there is poop coming out. Larger animals would be a little easier, for obvious reasons.
     
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    racoons
     
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    Grammy would know.
     
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    Probably Monkeys like Tron said - that would explain why you can't tell by the tracks.
     
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    No monkeys in Northern Michigan. Hogs ain't climbing the trees either. lol The bears usually hit my bird feeders first, they love sunflower seeds. What ever is doing it, is cutting 25-30 nuts a night to the ground, and eating the husks off about half of them. I'm thinking coons now that it has been brought up. I have access to a good live trap, we'll see what we can get by morning. (Hopefully not a skunk)

    Steve
     
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    Do you have flying squirrels in your area?

    They are nocturnal. They are most often not even ever noticed unless the cat catches one and they are more common than people think, at least around here. They are just a smidgen bigger than chipmunks and are excellent tree climbers.
     
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    We have lots of flying squirrels around here. We thought of that, but you would think they would eat the nut like the rest of the squirrels. We usually see them on the suet feeders. Maybe, we will see.

    Thanks Steve
     
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    Chupacabra, most likely...
     
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  18. pyrdek

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    Ever consider shining a couple of high power spotlights on the tree to try to discourage those feeders that might not like the light? Just a thought and don't know if it would make a difference or not. Also put some hard rock music playing at the tree. Maybe they won't like the music ;-)
     
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