Having a well elevated bird feeder helps minimize raccoon, dear and squirrels from eating up your seed budget.
Bird watching and feeding has been a long time relaxing and enjoyable hobby for many people. Unfortunately most often, the local squirrels, raccoons and dear keep getting fatter and you keep buying a lot of seed. If you mount your bird feeder higher up from the ground then it can be dangerous to restock it if you have to use a ladder. I have seen many ways to hang bird feeders some work better than others, but this article shows a relatively simple design that my Father and I came up with to eliminate some of his long time bird feeding woes. He can now watch the birds from his deck, kitchen, or lower patio and not spend his time climbing a ladder or constantly restocking his feeder every morning after the creatures of the night have looted it. I hope you find this article helpful and thank you for reading it.
Things You’ll Need:
- a 4 inch x 4 inch by 12 foot treated post(app. $16) or 2 4×4 by 8 foot post(app $9 each) that can be cut and joined together.
- 2 2×4 by 8(app $3 each) treated boards or 3 boards if joining 2 post pieces together.
- 3 inch deck screws(app. $6 for a small box
- 4 self taping galvanized rings( app $1.50 each)
- a drill
- a screw driver bit
- a drill bit slightly smaller in diameter than the self tapping ring size.
- nylon rope(camouflage rope was used in this project 50 feet was $4.98 with a 130 pound strength).
- wood stain is optional(app $7 small can)
- 2 double ended clips(they looks like the end of the dog leash that clips to the collar(app $2)
- post hole digger
If you have a 12 foot post then skip this step and the next one.
If you are joining two 4×4 posts together then place your long and short pieces end to end and cut one of your 2x4x8 boards in half. Lay one of your 4 foot boards across both of your posts. Make sure your board is equally centered across both posts, thus having about 2 feet overlap on each post.
Step 2 Use your screw driver bit and the 3 inch deck screws to fasten your joining board to the 2 posts. Put about 4 screws into each half of the joining board. Make sure the screws are in the center of the fastening board. Now flip the posts over and repeat steps 1 and 2.
Step 3 Cut one foot off of each of your remaining 2x4x8 boards. Save the 1 foot pieces for a later step. Lay one of your 7 foot boards across the top of your post and center it so that you have “T” and then put about 3 screws through it and the top of the post. Now take your remaining 7 foot board and fast it to the other board using your 3 inch screws.
Step 4 Use your drill bit to pre-drill the holes for your rings, make one hole about a half of an inch from the vertical post and the other hole a few inches in from the end of the “T”. If you already have your bird feeder then you may want to line it up so that it won’t protrude past the end of the “T”. Repeat this step for the other side of the “T”. Now twist your rings into the holes.
Step 5 Center your 1 foot boards across the post to make a place for wrapping your rope around. Mount them about 6 feet high from the bottom of the post. Use your 3 inch screws to secure the rope mount to the post. You will be putting the post into a 2 foot hole, thus making your rope mount about 4 feet from the ground. If you are staining your stand, then now is a good time to brush your stain onto the stand and let it sit for about 24 hours or until it is dry. Make sure your temperature is above 60 degrees.
Step 6 Use your post hole digger to make a hole that is 2 feet deep. Leave your dirt close by the hole so that it is easy to pack back into the hole.
Step 7 Tie one end of the rope around the rope mount and then run it through both of your rings and then down to the end of the post. Cut the rope about 1 foot short of the end of the post and then tie a small loop into the rope end and clip your double ended metal clip to the loop.
Step 8 Place your post into the hole depending on your size and strength, you may want to get someone to help you with this step. Use a level to make sure the post is straight and then place your dirt evenly around the post until the hole is filled. Use your foot to pack the dirt down. You can use Quickrete to cement the post into the ground, but it is not necessary unless you have a lot of bears in your area and even then the bears may still win. By not cementing the post into the ground, it is easier to take the stand down for periodic re-staining and maintenance.
Clip your bird feeder to the rope. Now pull downward on the rope and use your other hand to wrap the rope around the rope mount( just as if you are hoisting a flag). If you are using a feeder that is more than about 15 pounds, then you may want to mount a small winch to the stand instead. The bird feeder used in this article can be purchases from the Tractor store for about $39.00. The model pictured is called the Grande Chalet. The store only had one in stock, so we were waiting on another one to come in so that we will have one on each side of the stand.
Now you can sit back and watch your bird feeder area get busier than an airport. It won’t take long for the birds to discover the nice safe and plentiful feeding site you have provided for them. Thank you again for reading my articles and good luck..
Tips & Warnings
Place your feeder in an area that you can see it outside and inside your home.
Place the feeder at least 10 feet from decks and patios to help prevent these areas from looking like a bird toilet.
Staining and shellacking the stand makes it even harder for critters to climb the stand.
Don’t worry about the critters starving to death, they will still be able to eat the seed that spills on the ground.