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Bird feeding without attracting any mammals to the seed is done by mixing capsaicin extract with your seed. Birds don’t have taste buds, mammals do. By mixing this extract in with your seed the rats, mice, squirrels learn that the seed taste bad and will stay away from it. I’ve done this for years. After a while you can mix in less oil, but I have never failed to mix it in. I mix it into unshelled peanuts as well. I mix mine all up in a metal trash can, because that is what I store the seed in outside. Don’t mix it in any bowl you want to use for food. Wear cheap plastic gloves. This is what I use https://www.amazon.com/Coles-FS16-Flaming-Squirrel-16-Ounce/dp/B003XR9QWA/ref=sr_1_9?crid=1NBBQ300VSXUJ&dchild=1&keywords=capsaicin+spray+for+squirrels&qid=1611409722&sprefix=capsasin+s%2Caps%2C154&sr=8-9
PS: You can buy (or use this to make) suet cakes with pepper mixed in them.