I have several bird feeders hanging off the pergola that extends over one of my decks. The feeders hang from long swing-arm hangers. The hooks work great for hanging squirrel-proof feeders because the length of the rod helps deter the squirrels. They also keep the feeders out away from the deck, which keeps the decks cleaner and encourages the birds to come dine.
Since my decks and porch are a full story up, I wouldn’t really be able to enjoy the birds that come to eat if the feeders were down in the yard. Having them hanging from the deck/pergola works really out well. The rods swing around toward the deck for easy filling.
I buy my swing-arm rods at Wild Birds Unlimited near my home. They have held up really well and have even held up to the weight of some nighttime visitors. 🙂 I don’t think these guys are visiting anymore, but they used to come around every night around 2 AM for a little snack.
I’ve had three rods hanging off the deck with the pergola on the other side of the screened porch. I have been meaning to add one more so I’d have two off either side. This photo below is from when I added the lit post toppers. You can read that post here: Solar Post Caps for the Deck
I purchased another hanger this past weekend and installed it on Sunday. In addition to the long rod, it comes with this support and screws for hanging it.
I pre-drilled the holes because the pressure treated posts that support the pergola are HARD!
Here’s how the the support looks installed. You can see a couple of little nicks where my battery-operated drill/screwdriver slipped off the screw when I was installing the support. It’s kind of awkward hanging them because I install them hanging over the rail and pointing backward at the support.
Here’s how it looked with a feeder hanging on it. Now that I have two on this end, I was able to remove the suet feeder where it’s been hanging on the pergola support pole and hang it out in midair from the rod/hook. This is working out great because there’s less suet mess on the deck rail and the birds can access the suet from both sides.
You’ll find a lot of different styles of these long, swing-arm hangers here: Swing-arm Hanger for Decks
Here are the hooks hanging off the other end of the pergola. Notice those messy looking deck rails. I have a plan for those. Once pollen season has passed, I am seriously contemplating painting just the top rail a brown color. White works great for the porch and the other deck surfaces and they look good for at least a year when it’s usually time to wash them again, but the rail gets dirty again quickly due to all the trees here in the backyard.
Just wanted to share this method for feeding the birds in case your porch/decks are up high, too. The birds bring me so much joy, I can’t imagine not seeing them here on the feeders each day. Happy Birding!