Prevent Bears from Getting at Your Bird Feeder in Feeding Hills
It’s the time of year when the bears are coming out of hibernation and looking for an easy snack. Bird feeders are a popular source for a bear to grab a quick eat in the Feeding Hills area.
The bears have to eat, but they don’t have to eat the birdseed that we intend for the birds. At the Bird Store and More in Sturbridge, MA we offer a bear-proof bird feeder pole that has worked well to ward off pesky bears. With a tall heavy-grade steel pole, the bear can’t bend the pole or reach the feeders. The result is no broken feeders, bent poles, or unhappy people. The pole can be equipped with up to 4 hooks and the feeders can be easily reached with an extension pole with a handy hook.
Another view from a satisfied customer.
Call for pricing at 508-347-2473
15′ x 4″ 3 pieces galvanized steel pole with cap, 4 hooks, and squirrel baffle.
Accessory hooks are available at additional cost. Call for details and pickup/shipping options.
Frequently asked questions
Q: How tall is it?
A: The total length assembled is 15 and 1/2 feet
Q: How deep is it in the ground?
A: You must dig a hole 42 inches deep.
A: I have too many rocks in my yard to dig a hole that deep what can I do.
Q: With over 150 poles installed to date I have only had one that I could not get in the required depth. But with some on-site modifications to the pole and a little extra work the pole is still standing to this day. There is a video link at the bottom of the Q and A section that shows the hole digging process.
Q: Do you need to put cement around the pole?
A: In most cases, two or three 80-pound bags of concrete are required.
Q: If I pick the pole up at your location how can I transport it?
A: The best way is to have it assemble and you pick it up in one piece. We transport them on a set of kayak racks on the roof of the car or with a ladder rack on a pickup truck. The other way is to take the 3 pole sections and assemble it yourself. The longest piece is about 7 feet.
Q: How heavy is it?
A: just under 100 pounds
Q: Do you need any special tools and skills to assemble it?
A: You need to be fairly handy and have a cordless drill with a 5/16 inch socket drive and a 3/4 inch open-ended wrench. There is a video link at the bottom of the Q and A section that shows you the assembly procedure.
Q: What is the pole made of?
A: 4 inch galvanized steel tubing.
Q: Can it be painted?
A: We have painted them with Rustoleum spray paint and it works quite well. We suggest wiping the pole down with white vinegar prior to painting.
Q: How big a feeder can I hang from the pole?
A: We recommend you use a feeder that weighs no more than 5 pounds. Once installed the pole is over 11 feet tall and you will have difficulty lifting anything heavier over your head.
Q: How do I lift and hang the feeders
A: We have developed a system using a telescoping painter’s pole along with some hooks that we developed for this purpose. There is a video link at the bottom of the Q and A section that shows you the hanging system.
Digging a hole to install pole
Raccoon climbing pole before and after baffle installation
Using Hookum feeder hanging system