A. Believe it or not, squirrels don't particularly like suet! "What?", you say, "they're always eating MY suet!"
Squirrels are not going for the suet - suet in its pure form is just rendered beef fat. They're going for what's put into the suet!
Most suet cakes have other goodies in them that squirrels like, such as seed, nuts, fruit, or bugs. That's what they're after. So here are some ways to keep them from eating your suet:
1) Offer plain
suet cakes such as WBU Simply Suet.
It's just a cake of plain suet, no seeds, nuts, or anything else.
2) Put suet in a
cage within a cage.
An On-Guard cage with 1" openings surrounding your suet cage will keep Gray Squirrels out but let birds in. Larger suet-loving birds like your Hairy or Red-bellied Woodpeckers, however, may also be excluded.
3) Use a
suet with capsaicin in it, such as WBU Hot Pepper Suet Dough cakes.
Squirrels taste the hot and don't like it, birds can't taste the hot. We especially like our locally made suet log feeders filled with hot pepper suet plugs. Note: always wash your hands thoroughly when handling hot pepper products.
4) Hang your suet on a properly placed baffled birdfeeding pole.
That means the station is placed 8-10' from squirrel-jumping-off-points. The top of the baffle should be 4-5' above the ground and the feeders should not be dangling below the top of the baffle.
We admit it: Squirrels are persistent. They're athletic. They're creative. But we still have the advantage over them - we're SMARTER than them and if we just take the right steps, we can keep them from eating up all our valuable suet!