Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder Pole
(DIY - Do It Yourself)

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Overview:

This website tells how to build a squirrel-proof bird feeder pole for about $20.

This feeder has been in place for more than one year and no squirrels have been able to defeat it, although I've seen squirrels on the ground eating sunflower seeds that fell off the disk.  Squirrels cannot climb the PVC pipe.  If the pole had been placed close to a tree a squirrel may have been able to jump to the feeder from above.  Solution:  Don't place the pole near a tree. 

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Instructions:

Put the fence post in the yard away from trees or bushes.

Slide a 2" x 6' long PVC pipe over the fence post to make it harder for the squirrels to climb the the fence post. 

Make a small wood platform that slips inside the 2" PVC pipe.  Attach the two pieces of wood together with wood screws.  Note:  You can make the upper piece of wood a little larger to fit your bird feeder.  However, don't make it large enough for a squirrel to sit on it.  As a revision I have put a 1/4" radius on the edges of the platform as shown to reduce the chance that the plastic disk will tear when blown in strong winds.

Insert the wood platform into an 18" long piece of 2" PVC pipe.  Drill a hole in the PVC pipe to attach the platform to the PVC pipe.

Cut a 2' diameter plastic disk from sheet plastic (sheet plastic with the thickness of a thin plastic cutting board).  Cut a second 8" diameter disk (strain relief disk) from the same sheet plastic.  The plastic sheet should support the weight of birds but not support the weight of a squirrel.  Place the 2' disk between the wood platform and your feeder with the 8" disk between the 2' disk and the wood platform.  Then, attach your feeder to the platform with wood screws.  This is the "feeder-tube assembly".

Slide the "feeder-tube" assembly over the top of the fence post. 

Here is a Google Warehouse model that can be downloaded with Google SketchUp.

 

Here is a photo of a bird feeder "T-Pole" by Pete Hackney.  Pete said that "...Squirrels have not attempted to climb or jump to the pole.  They just look up at the feeder and continue foraging on the ground..."



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