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Squirrels and hummingbird feeders

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So I've done a pretty good job (so far) of keeping the feeders out of reach...but now they're all over the suet and even the hummingbird feeder. I'm going to try adding some hot pepper sauce to the suet (I even found a hot peanut butter that I'm going to try in my next batch!) but I don't know what to do about the hummingbird feeder. It's on my deck because I enjoy watching them, but every day now the squirrels are popping off the flowers and trying to drink the sugar water. I have a bird bath and I live near a small pond and a brook, so it's not like they're lacking a water source. I think they're punishing me for moving the seed where they haven't been able to get it (yet!) Is it safe to put a hot pepper spray on the feeder petals?

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I don't know what your set up looks like, but perhaps using squirrel baffles above your feeders? I have one above my suet feeder, and try as they might, they are unable to get to it. You could also try buying the hot pepper suet bricks.

I have my humming bird feeder hanging under the eves of my house, close to a window. It is fun to watch them from the other side of the window because they are so close. 

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Baffles won't work for my situation. Picture attached. It's not a great picture but it'll do. This is a screenshot from my outdoor camera. I couldn't paste it as an image so I printed to a pdf and attached it.

My problem is keeping the squirrels off the deck!! I think I'm going to get bird spikes to put near the hummingbird feeder to see if that works. I have other feeders out in the yard for nyger and mealworms and fortunately the squirrels aren't bothering with those. They've never gone after the hummingbird feeder before either, but it's what they've been doing since I moved the seed feeders out of reach.

I'm going to try the hot pepper suet, but I'm wondering if there's a safe alternative to do something similar for the hummingbird feeder. I think hummers are more sensitive to things and I don't want to do anything that would harm them. But if a hot pepper spray on the feeder would deter the squirrels and not harm the birds I might try it. Do you know if that's safe?

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I have squirrels on my deck all the time as well. I have had to resort to using Squirrel Buster feeders and caged suet feeders- that seems to keep them out, in my situation. 

Sorry, but I don't have any advice on the humming bird feeder besides trying to move it to a location they can't reach. I don't know about the safety of hummers and hot pepper, so I can't recommend it. Maybe someone else will chime in on the subject. Good luck, it seems like keeping those pesky squirrels out of the feeders is a never ending battle! :)

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I WIN!! At least for now. I made a spray with habanero peppers. I spray the suet and I spray the petals on the hummingbird feeder. Birds don't seem to mind and the squirrels have left everything alone. I've been leaving things out overnight and I got up this morning in time to see one of the squirrels leaving the deck in defeat...with all of my suet intact and the hummingbird feeder untouched.

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How did you make your habanero pepper spray?  I'd like to try it on my bird feeders. 

 

Thanks! 

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I just cut them up and simmered on low for about 45 minutes then strained the water into a spray bottle. Careful when you spray...it's spicy enough to irritate my throat and makes me cough!! 

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Ok.. I'll try it... I have a ton of young squirrels in my yard (new litter) and I can't keep them out of my BOSS ! 

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Let me know if it helps. So far it seems to be working out great for me. Good luck. Those pesky little squirrels are persistent little brats!!

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I will let you know.. I bought my peppers and spray bottle today. I won't get around to it for a couple of days. 

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So far the pepper spray is not working.  I had two juvenile squirrels on my feeders when I woke up this morning.  I sprayed the pepper spray on the feeders again to see if it does any better today.  I was hoping this might end my squirrel problems. 

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Sorry to hear it didn't work for you. You must have some tough squirrels!! So far it's still keeping mine away. I've noticed it doesn't bother the chipmunks...but they're only eating what's on the ground and aren't in the feeders.

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Yeah... The squirrels have been sitting in the pepper sprayed seeds and on the pepper sprayed bird feeder and they are not even phased by it.  I know the solution is very hot because I can feel it on my skin when I spray it so I know its spicy.  Perhaps I'll try some even hotter peppers like ghost peppers or Carolina Reapers?   You have to handle them with gloves on. 

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