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Old 06-02-2009, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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In order to help with the squirrel problem I would add about a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to about 10 pounds of seed. The birds don't have a problem with the cayenne but the squirrels will shy away from it once they get a taste.

My local birdies are ok with it but test it out on a small batch first just in case.This may help keep them from ransacking your bird houses.
Looking at bird feeders a few years ago, a woman gave me the same tip.

Tried it and the birds didn't seem to mind and no squirrels. just crows!
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Old 06-03-2009, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Norwood, MN
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How can I keep squirrels off my bird feeder? I tried foil, but didn't even slow them down.
Good grief, let theM eat, they dont eat that mucH, and their antics are fun to waTCH.
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Zebulon, NC
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Good grief, let theM eat, they dont eat that mucH, and their antics are fun to waTCH.
When it comes to bird feeders, yes they do. They hog the entire feeder, and birds aren't able to get on it. They can go through seed unbelievably fast.

I feed the squirrels separately, using food I throw on the ground for them, and birds that also feed off the ground. You can also get squirrel bungees, which are entertaining to watch.
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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How can I keep squirrels off my bird feeder? I tried foil, but didn't even slow them down.
I went to Home Depot and got an electric fence box and made the pole "hot" and grounded the feeder under the bottom so that when a squirrel climbs the pole and claws on top of the hot wire on the pole and puts his snout on the feeder he gets zapped! Keeps the cats away too!
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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This will work too:

YouTube - Stopping squirrels from eating at the bird feeder
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Old 06-08-2009, 03:33 PM
 
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Default Bird Feed v. Squirrels v. Cayenne Pepper

The past few days I have been running an experiment to verify or not whether Cayenne Pepper deters squirrels from eating bird seed. As of 06/08/09, I have not found any change in squirrel behavior when Cayenne Pepper was mixed with the individual piles of seed types.

Would appreciate anyone's comments on their personal experience with Cayenne Pepper as to repelling squirrels.

Cheers,
Harry "Gipper" Morris

Last edited by Rance; 06-09-2009 at 02:52 AM.. Reason: No advertising websites please
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Old 06-20-2009, 03:15 PM
 
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In order to help with the squirrel problem I would add about a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to about 10 pounds of seed. The birds don't have a problem with the cayenne but the squirrels will shy away from it once they get a taste.

My local birdies are ok with it but test it out on a small batch first just in case.This may help keep them from ransacking your bird houses.
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A little late replying to this post, but the point remains current and future. I've tried Cayenne Pepper and my birds and my squirrels seem to think its just a delicious addition to the diet.

Facts are, I added 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper to 4-tbsp seed. The seed were Millet, Milo, and Black Oil Sunflower seed. A week later the bird population significantly dropped off. Squirrel population remained steady.

So, I suspended the use of CP and after two weeks, the bird population is now increasing.

What I've started doing is placing BOS seed which squirrels particularly like at two strategic locations. The squirrels go there most of time and leaves the other seeds for the birds. The current problem is the birds now go to the BOS reserved for the squirrels.
Cheers,
Harry "Gipper" Morris
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Norwood, MN
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Let them eat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What harm will it do?
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:12 AM
 
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How can I keep squirrels off my bird feeder? I tried foil, but didn't even slow them down.
Obviously the squirrels have an identity problem. Please take them to see a psychiatrist. It may be that they're acting out on a problem that stemmed from their childhood, perhaps their mother or father didn't pay enough attention to them.









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Old 07-12-2011, 09:27 AM
 
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The seed tube is generous in height, making it impossible for squirrels to hang down from the top and reach seed. The four feeding ports are easily accessible via the perch ring, and the interior of the chamber is designed to direct seed into the seed ports. Birds will not set it off, not even larger species like Woodpeckers and Cardinals. But the minute a squirrel hops on to the perch, the motor is triggered and the feeder begins spinning, taking the squirrel for a whirl before it loses its grip and is thrown gently from the perch. Droll Yankee Flipper Bird Feeder

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