How do I stop squirrels from robbing and wrecking my feeders?

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I've heard that you put red pepper on the feed or suet, and squirrels won't bother the feeder?

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  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Apr 10, 2019

    YOU COULD ALSO TRY TO SPREAD A BIT OF BLOOD MEAL AROUND THE BASE SINCE THEY DO NOT LIKE THAT EITHER. This is also good when planting bulbs.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Apr 10, 2019

    yes it's fine birds do not have receptors for capsaicin, the protein that makes peppers hot, Some birders, instead of eliminating squirrels, compromise by creating a squirrel feeding station away from the bird feeders. Easier to access feeders with tempting treats such as nuts, corn, and berries may attract squirrels’ attention and let the birds enjoy eating without competition. This also lets nature enthusiasts enjoy the intelligence and antics of squirrels without the frustration of seeing expensive birdseed eaten so quickly. https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-squirrel-proof-a-birdfeeder-386581

  • William William on Apr 10, 2019

    Never heard of that. Would also harm the birds.


    https://www.hometalk.com/18263693/feeding-birds-by-keeping-squirrels-away


    https://www.hometalk.com/11554932/the-defeeder-make-your-hanging-bird-feeder-squirrel-proof


    https://www.hometalk.com/435096/squirrel-proof-bird-feeder-what-about-those-chipmunks


    https://www.hometalk.com/427296/fun-with-our-squirrel-proof-feeder

    • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Apr 10, 2019

      Spicy Seed: Mammals, including squirrels, are sensitive to the perceived heat of pepper, but birds are not. Adding cayenne pepper or similar spices to birdseed can deter squirrels, but it can wash off and must be used consistently for the best effects. When handling pepper, wear gloves and avoid breathing in the dust. Some retailers have pre-treated seed and suet available with even hotter pepper components. birds do not have receptors for capsaicin, the protein that makes peppers hot,

  • Carol S. Carol S. on Apr 10, 2019

    I bought some bird feeders from Wild Birds Unlimited. THese close up when a heavy bird or squirrel gets on it. It is a bit pricey but worth it.


  • William William on Apr 10, 2019

    Thank you Lynn Sorrell. Didn't know that.

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