How to easily make your own DIY bird feeder pole from an inexpensive piece of EMT pipe.
I’ve wanted a bird feeder for our back deck ever since we moved into the cottage so I could do some bird watching.
The hubs wasn’t interested in having one (he didn’t want to spend $$ on a feeder and food). So, instead of waiting for him to change his mind, I went out and got supplies myself.
Supplies to make a bird feeder pole for under $5
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The bird feeder and all of my other supplies were easily found at the hardware store but I wasn’t crazy about the bird feeder poles that they offered. They were all pretty short and skimpy, plus they cost more than I wanted to spend. It took me a hot second to decide that I needed to find something else to make my own pole, and spend less money, so I searched the aisles.
It didn’t take long to find exactly what I needed in the electrical section, a 10′ piece of ¾” EMT conduit. I could make the perfect DIY bird feeder pole with it and it was super affordable at just under $5.
One issue though, was that the conduit was straight and I needed a bend in it so I could hang my bird feeder. We don’t have a conduit bender at home so I borrowed one from the store and put a quick little bend in it.
Next, I used a spade bit to drill a hole in the deck railing, making it just large enough to fit the pipe in.
I snaked my conduit, or feeder pole, into the hole and added 2 screws at the bottom to secure it to the deck.
I hung the hook in the hole I drilled at the end of the conduit, and hung the filled bird feeder on that.
Easy peasy…and less money than a regular bird feeder pole. Not only was my bird feeder going to feed my feathered friends, but I was going to be able to see them up close and right outside our window.
I was worried about the birds wanting to come so close to the house but, when I came back to the yard after putting my tools away, I already had a visitor. Less than 5 minutes after it was up!
I really enjoy watching all of the different birds come to visit and trying to identify them all. The hubs has also been enjoying it, just like I knew he would.
And then there were squirrels…
It didn’t take long for the squirrels to come calling so we scrambled to find a solution.
It took us three tries but we finally found a way to stop the squirrels from climbing the bird feeder pole. Now my feathered friends can eat uninterrupted from those nagging squirrels.
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