Squirrel Proof Bird Seed Recipe

Tired of fighting the squirrels that are eating the seed you put out for your feathered friends? After trying several “squirrel-proof” feeders I tried a different approach – putting out a seed that the little critters just didn’t like!

Unlike birds, squirrels and other mammals do not like hot pepper.  Birds, however, are unaffected.  You can purchase birdseed that has been prepared with hot pepper or…. you can make your own!  It’s very easy and economical.

You simply need to buy birdseed and cayenne pepper.  To get the best buy on cayenne pepper visit a “dollar store” location.  The formula is 3 tablespoons of pepper to every 1 pound of bird seed.  For a 10 lb bag this is approximately 2 cups.  When mixing such a large quantity being short a tablespoon or two won’t hurt so two jars (2.25 oz each) of the pepper is sufficient for a 10 lb bag.

Combined seed and ingredients

I mixed this up in two 5 lb batches due to the size of the bowl.  You could also use a 5 gallon bucket for large quantities.

Give it a try and happy bird-watching!


11 Responses to Squirrel Proof Bird Seed

  1. This is a clever idea. I’m going to pass this little tidbit onto my father in-law who is constantly cursing the squirrels. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’ve never heard of this before! I will have to give this a try — I’ve had squirrels chew holes in my birdfeeders, and even drag my birdfeeders away! (I never found one bird feeder!) Darn squirrels!

  3. Never heard of this. I am gonna try it. I pinned it.

  4. What a great idea! I never knew that birds weren’t affected by hot pepper. That’s really interesting. Thanks for visiting Amanda’s Books and More!

  5. Denise @BeBetsy says:

    Had no idea about the pepper! You women know everything :)!

  6. Yes, this will work. When making a big batch be sure to be in a well ventilated room. This can be a little harsh on the eyes…well, at least mine!

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