Building the Perfect Pole System

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Erva Poles (left) and Long Arm (right)
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Erva

Are you trying to build the perfect bird feeder station? The place to start is with the way you mount or display them.

Many prefer to use Mother Nature's hangers (trees). One of my favorite tree hangers is the simple Tree Saver Hangers by APR. The height of your lowest limb can often be the limiting factor so we also have a selection of branch hooks of various lengths.

Do you have to feed from your deck? No problem. On a recent count, we now have 20 deck arms in stock. From decorative ones to ones with interchangeable heads and arms, there is bound to be one that works for you.

The Erva Pole systems that we carry are great. There are so many different configurations possible, Ruth has coined the phrase "Erector sets for adults". Their versatility and easiness to make squirrel and raccoon proof are reasons enough for me to recommend them.

How do you go about setting up a pole system?

Step 1) How tall does it need to be? If you want to mount a hopper or fly through feeder on top of a pole, I would recommend the smaller of the three poles (60" or 74"). If you are going to want to hang tube type feeders use the 74" or 80". Not quite tall enough? You can add a 14" or 20" extension.

Step 2) How is it going to anchor? Deck plates are great for patios or deck floors, while sockets and stakes work best out in the yard.

Step 3) How many feeders do you need to hang?

There are many choices:

  • Flat Plate Heads
  • 2 Prong Heads
  • 3 Prong Heads

Keep in mind that heads can be stacked on top of each other for more arms and additional height.

Step 4) Do you need a baffle? Squirrel baffles work for most folks but a raccoon baffle will take care of it all.

Step 5) Get creative.

By Mark McKellar

Fall 2003