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Old 01-03-2010, 07:13 AM   #21
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Here is the little fellow at the feeder before I greased the pole
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I bought a steel hoop apparatus at Walmart that attaches to the bird feeder--made specifically to keep the squirrels out of your feeder--that I got to work well. Hangs from the branch that the feeder is on. $10 or less. But I love this idea of cayenne, and am remembering that one if they start getting to the bird feeder again.
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This site notes that even though birds cannot taste hot pepper, the pepper dust can irritate their eyes: Feed Birds Not Squirrels with your bird feeder

My feeling is that it is best to use a good solid squirrel proof feeder and maybe only use the pepper on suet, where it won't dust up.

As far a bear proofing, I think that the general advice in bear country is to feed the birds only in the winter, when they are hibernating. It might be possible to put the feeder on a tall strong metal post set in concrete out of the reach of bears, but the feeder may still attract them.
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This site notes that even though birds cannot taste hot pepper, the pepper dust can irritate their eyes: Feed Birds Not Squirrels with your bird feeder

My feeling is that it is best to use a good solid squirrel proof feeder and maybe only use the pepper on suet, where it won't dust up.


I'm still searching for the one that says "feed birds not bears"
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I'm still searching for the one that says "feed birds not bears"
I think that it is near impossible. See my edited prior post.
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Well, I just discovered that "my" squirrel likes sunflower seeds with Gourmet Collection McCormick Ground Cayenne Red Pepper.
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I have read that if a squirrel is hungry enough they will eat the peppered seed. They might not like it as much, but they will eat it. And the birds might not be happy with hot pepper in their little birdie eyes.
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This was a special, one off, test. I'm concerned about bird eyes too so there was no risk to them.

There are a whole bunch of robins in my yard today.
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This is a youtube clip of The Goode Family cartoon by Mike Judge. It was on TV. The squirrel part is at 8:53 or so and lasts for about 10 seconds.

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