Do you need to make your Erva Shepherds Staff pole higher? When I purchased a new bird feeder, I wanted to hang it from my Erva dual shepherd’s hook pole, but I had a small problem. The feeder was so tall that it would hang lower than the top of the pole’s squirrel baffle. But talking with the folks at my local bird store (Mother Natures in Columbia Maryland) I learned I could purchase extensions for the poles I have to make them taller.
Putting a Feeder on a Pole: Each new season brings changes to the bird dynamics in the yard, so I tend to do some tweaking of the bird feeders or their placement each season. To reduce the amount of seed winding up in squirrel bellies, I decided to turn a ground platform feeder into a platform feeder on a pole. The feeder I converted is a Birds Choice Fly-Through Platform Feeder. It started out as an unpopular ground feeder and evolved into a very popular feeder once placed on a baffled pole.
The best way to protect a hanging bird feeder from squirrels is to hang it on a pole with a squirrel pole baffle. But if you just stick the pole anywhere and put the squirrel baffle on wrong, squirrels can get in. There is a right way to hang a feeder on a pole! Here is what you need to know.