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The bird feeder pole might not be the most exciting feature in your backyard, but it’s certainly going to rank top of the lists of things deemed important to any avid birder. Without the pole, you don’t have a feeder since it acts as the backbone of the entire system.
The other vital role that it plays is that of keeping squirrels at bay. Even though they’ll never prey on your visitors, squirrels have the same taste in food as most birds. So it’s important to do your homework and pick a pole that will perfectly suit your needs.
Luckily, we’ve done some of the heavy lifting for you and reviewed nine of the best bird feeder poles available.
|Best Overall||Ashman Deluxe||
|Best Value||Sequoia Squirrel Proof Pole||
|Premium Choice||Kettle Moraine Bird Feeder Pole||
|Hold It Mate Railing Hanging Hook Kit||
|Gray Bunny Bird Feeding Kit||
The Ashman Deluxe is our topic pick overall when it comes to bird feeder poles because it has almost everything you could want. If you’re looking for a feeder pole made of materials that can be subjected to abuse like harsh weather elements, it’s the one. The pole and all its hooks are made of rugged metal to guarantee that.
Speaking of hooks, the hangers are not stationary. You have the option of adjusting them and moving them up and down as many times as you want. The unit won’t tilt or fall, seeing as it has five sharp prongs that offer great stability.
You’ll be glad to learn that the Ashman Deluxe has several other great features, including a birdbath tray and a rugged water bowl. These will ensure your birds stay hydrated and have fun while feeding.
Can they be detached, though? Yes. Ashman made sure of that because they know cleaning the unit is a lot easier that way. The only thing that they didn’t quite do right was ensuring the tubing could support heavy flowerpots, plus the fact that you’ll have to purchase a baffle separately if you have a squirrel problem.
|Material:||Alloy steel, Iron|
If you’re looking for a bird feeder pole that’s squirrel proof, the Sequoia Squirrel Pole is the pole for you and is the best bird feeder pole for the money. This unit comes with a universal baffle that’s effective at dealing with squirrels, raccoons, and all the other critters looking to steal your food.
It also has four different hanging stations to ensure your birds never run out of food and an auger that’s meant to make the installation process a lot easier. Due to its sturdy construction, it will comfortably hold several decorative items, including bowls and bathing trays.
Just don’t forget that you’ll have to push it at least 2 feet deep into the ground if you want it to be stable. Stability has never been a problem with the Sequoia Squirrel Pole, but the fact that it’s taller than most feeder poles makes it susceptible to strong winds.
The Kettle Moraine is a popular feeder pole albeit with a slightly higher price tag. It’s a premium bird feeding pole even though all the features are fairly standard, but it’s made from quality materials with everything you’d typically expect from a good pole.
Its steel has been powder-coated to offer resistance to rust, there’s a baffle to deter squirrels from stealing food, and a built-in auger to uncomplicate the installation process. Lastly, the brand’s customer service is top-notch, which is a plus considering the higher price you’re paying for this pole.
From our experience, the Railing Hanging Hook from Hold It Mate is the easiest bird feeder pole to assemble, and even though it wasn’t designed to be adjustable, you can adjust it to hang almost anywhere. Especially if the goal is to prevent the squirrels in your garden from getting to the food you leave behind for the birds.
While its primary function is to hold feeders, we still found it useful when it came to hanging lanterns, flowerpots, and wind chimes too.
The product is made of rugged, powder-coated steel that’s rust-resistant, and can hold up to 15 pounds. The only downside is that this pole is made to hang on a railing or spindle, as the design doesn’t include a hook to be pushed into the ground.
One of the special features of the Gray Bunny Bird Feeding Kit is the twin hooks found at the very top. Those hooks are instrumental in helping avid birders lure smaller birds to their yard since they can hold tube feeders, hoppers, or seeds. The hangers are adjustable, and the pole can hold enough food to feed your birds for days.
The other great features are the mesh tray and plastic bowl. The tray is large enough to hold dried fruits or seeds while the bowl holds water for bathing. It’s a squirrel-baffle design, so don’t worry about those pesky animals stealing food.
You do need to worry about the pole’s stability, though, because, unlike most feeder poles, it only has two prongs. That’s to say, it can’t hold heavy feeders.
The Yankees Shepherd’s Pole design is sturdy, has a no-tilt auger system, and is rust-resistant. That basically means that it can hold relatively more weight in comparison to other poles and won’t be affected by precipitation during the cold season.
Some people see its simplicity as a bad thing, but we disagree. We believe it’s the one aspect that lends it its charm. What we didn’t like is the one feeder spot, though. You’ll have to frequently refill the feeder if you wish to attract more birds. Other than that, everything else is great—including the locking hook and simple installation process.
This 60” Single Hook Swinging Hanger Bird Feeder Pole affixes easily to a property’s deck or porch. And that’s smart because if you’d like to be treated to an up-close look, you won’t need binoculars!
This heavy-duty pole can easily support the weight of a squirrel-proof feeder, and the design makes refilling the trays a tad bit easier, and even cleaning them too.
Sadly though, its installation requires a little bit of experience on your part.
|Height:||108 inches max|
The Artibear has an adjustable height and can be as tall as 108 inches, or as short as 44 inches. In addition, each hook comes with five different extenders that are 16 inches long. You could hang a bird feeder or install plant hangers if you like. The raccoons and squirrels won’t bug you, as it’s been baffled.
Durability and sturdiness were also taken into consideration during its construction. The brand designed it with double-forked base pongs that are made of heavy-duty steel to guarantee it maintains an upright posture and doesn’t show signs of wear and tear. However, assembling the parts may be a hassle, as the instructions aren’t too clear.
The Urban Deco Deck’s design allows it to be clamped onto rails that are as thick as 2.1 inches. It’s coated with black powder to prevent rust and made of heavy-duty steel to enhance durability. Also, you don’t need tools to assemble the different parts or uninstall them.
You’ll have more than enough space to hang your string lights, flower pots, decorations, and anything else that you’d wish to add to it. Unfortunately, there’s no lifetime warranty here—it only lasts for 12 months.
Product knowledge is essential if you’re planning to get a bird feeder pole. You don’t want to invest your hard-earned money into something that ends up disappointing you. All of these products have unique features and specifications because consumers have different tastes and preferences. It would be a mistake to presume that product A will cater to your needs, the same way it does to every avid bird lover out there.
While shopping for a bird feeder pole, these are the important factors to take into account:
The design of the pole will be as important as all the other features. It has to complement your outdoor décor and not look conspicuous. Pick a pole that will enrich your sanctuary by creating artistic poetry, plus one that’s able to hold as much bird feed and accessories as you need.
There’s an old saying that goes, “you only get what you pay for.” And it’s meant to remind you that most cheap products are of substandard quality. The higher the price, the greater the quality—usually. And the greater the quality, the more features found in a product.
One of the challenges that you’ll likely face after installing your feeder pole is managing the squirrels. They are cute and all, but when you’re trying to feed your flying visitors, they can be a nuisance. The minute they spot a feeder pole, they’ll climb up and eat everything. Even if you decide to fill your trays with food that doesn’t appeal to them, they’ll still climb up and pour everything out. That’s why it’s important to remember to purchase a pole that’s entirely squirrel-proof.
If that’s the case, you can just buy it together with a slinky. A slinky is a pre-compressed helical spring that can be found in almost every store. It’s very effective when it comes to dealing with squirrels, as it makes it impossible for them to climb up. All you have to do is to attach it at the very top of the feeder pole and let it drop.
Whatever pole you’ll be using will be subjected to different elements. It will be holding the weight of the birds, that of the squirrels running around, storms, strong winds, and even heat. For it to serve you for an extended period, it has to be sturdy, and different feeder poles have different degrees of sturdiness.
If you dig deeper, you’ll realize it all boils down to two things: the material used during construction, and the price. Pricier poles tend to be sturdier, and so are metal poles. There are poles made of wood that are almost as strong as metal, though. The wood was treated in a chemical bath to eliminate some of its polymers, and then hot-pressed. This makes it ideal for outdoor use.
The time taken to assemble and install a bird feeder pole is also a crucial factor. If you’re buying the feeder pole at a store, ask the attendants to allow you to test the assembling time. If it’s an online purchase, go through the reviews. We’re certain that you’ll find at least two people talking about how easy or difficult it was to assemble and install the pole.
It’s best to opt for something that has an auger system, a special feature that enables you to firmly screw your feeder pole to the ground. Once that pole is firmly secured, you’ll never have to worry about your pole tilting or dropping any one of the bird feeders that it’s supporting.
The perfect location is the location that can attract the maximum number of birds. You cannot place a pole in-between your fence and house and expect birds to see it. It has to be somewhere open, somewhere it can be seen by any birds passing by—especially the birds that will be migrating during winter.
Also, if the birds feel too exposed, or if they sense there could be a predator nearby, they won’t show up.
What’s appropriate will depend on where you plan to install the pole. In general, they range from 2 to 9 feet tall. And some have a diameter of ½ inch, while others are as large as 3 inches. If you have a raccoon or squirrel problem, go for a 9-foot pole. The same applies if you’re living in an area that has a lot of trees. You’ll want the feeders to be visible to all birds flying by.
Usually, you want to aim for at least 1 foot of depth. But this might not be enough if the pole is too heavy or too large. So aim for anything deeper than 1 foot and try to avoid digging too wide as this may cause the pole to lean.
Is a bird feeder pole supposed to be installed closer, or farther away from the house?
This will depend on how you feel because there’s no right or wrong distance. We often feel like 10 feet is a reasonable compromise, but some people disagree. If you want to get more visitors knocking on your window very early in the morning, we say go for less. Whatever makes you happy.
Our favorite bird feeder pole is the Ashman Deluxe Bird Feeder pole. It has everything that you’d need in a pole, and then some. The best bird feeder pole for the money is the Sequoia Squirrel Proof Pole with 4 Hanging Stations, as it offers great value for money. Finally, we have the Kettle Moraine Bird Feeder Pole as a more premium option.
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Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.
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