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Ways to hang bird feeders

If you're struggling to hang up your bird feeders, there're ways to open up the possibilities by simply using an extended S shaped bracket or use of decorative rope.

It can be restrictive hanging up a bird feeder with the small hook attached to the feeder. To hang bird feeders from a larger tree branch or post the use of a large S shape bracket or hoop will fix that, and so will the use of a piece of rope, but only if you were to tie an attractive knot.

Standard hooks in all available bird feeders should allow you to get up and running right away; whether you're hanging it off a wall bracket or the bird feeding station.

Going beyond the standard ways to hang bird feeders not only brings restrictions, but there're ways around this, and manufacturer's know this.

That's why its possible to buy bird feeder accessories; such as an S shaped bracket or a large hook for wrapping around large chunky tree branches or wooden posts.

Well one end is designed to hang off the branch or post, the over side is used to hang the bird feeder off.

This will create quite the length, so make sure the feeder is still a fair distance off the ground when all is said and done.

If you like, and you have the knot tying skills, you can purchase a lovely piece of decorative green rope to replicate what the S bracket is made for.

Not only then will you be able to tie the biggest of hoops with no limitations, it can also be hung up over rounded, square or awkward objects where a normal bracket will fall off.

Hang up all bird feeders

When purchasing a bird feeder for all types of bird feed, its essential that feeder has a connecting hook already.

As a matter of fact, these days you'll be hard pressed finding a bird feeder that doesn't have a hook to hang up out of the box.

And well its still possible to buy such a feeder with no hook to fix to a corresponding hoop, consider replacing your current feeder with a new one.

What we mean by that is, if the feeder has not been used yet, and still in a brand new condition, please send it back to the seller - for a refund or replacement.

Now you know to buy a feeder with a hook fixed to it, don't make that mistake again.

Its not a common occurrence, but again all feeders should have a connection, and that said connection should be a standard hook to fix to all common brackets.

Standard hook will only fit brackets

Talking about standard hooks, we're of course referring to the hook that is a little more than an inch wide rounded hoop, to a larger hook from up to 5 inches.

That will depend on the manufacturer and the overall design of the feeder.

Smaller feeders for use with small quantities of feed will only need a small hook as it doesn't need reinforcement to withstand the weight.

However, large, heavy duty feeders that take large quantities of feed, or more specialty feeders that are squirrel proof, will need a large hook for withstanding the weight.

The standard hook should always be permanently fixed to the said feeder, without needing to, or the need to remove it for whatever purpose.

Small rounded hooks will only fix onto the usual bracket designs, such as bird feeding station poles or wall brackets.

With larger hooks its possible to hook it over a tree branch or a structure around the garden, without restrictions.

Rest assured, if you only have a small hook on your feeder, you can make that hook bigger with use of a large 'S' hook bracket.

Extend hook with S bracket

Whichever brand or manufacturer your feeder belongs too, they should all supply a compatible S shaped bracket.

Saying that, all extended S shaped brackets are cross-compatible...

Therefore, you can take your previously limited small hook and now open up the prospect of hanging the bird feeder from a large tree branch or a random item in the garden.

Extended S brackets are open ended, meaning they're not closed off hoops, but rather a circle with an opening, which can only mean you can hook it over any item.

If it was a closed off hook - similar to the hook attached to feeders - then it would only be possible to thread it through one end of say a branch or bracket to fix it in place.

Well an S bracket can be used from either end, as both sides are identical, it would also make sense to consider a standard hoop bracket.

This hoop bracket will function similar to an S shaped bracket, only the side that hangs off branches is much larger.

The side that you hang the feeder from is then much smaller, which is more presentable.

You don't have to splash out on more bird feeder accessories, if you like you can use a lovely piece of rope or string to create a knot for tying on a branch.

Tie a knot with rope

If you decide to take this route we only ask you to quickly learn how to make an attractive knot so it looks the part well tied up off the branch or bracket.

Saying that, if going down this path with use of a rope, then we can assume you wish to hang up the bird feeder to an object that has a large awkward size hanging location.

This item would probably be a thick, stumpy tree branch or perhaps the post of a garden gazebo or pergola.

Most of which are built using square wooden posts, which are perfectly acceptable well using a rope to tie around.

Don't tie the know until you've threaded through the rope through the bird feeder hook.

You'll then need to thread it through the object you wish to hang the feeder from, before finally tying the knot.


If you need to go further than the standard hook attached to the feeder you've bought, rest assured the hook can stay in place - all you need to do is extend it.

What we mean is the small hook may not wrap around an object larger than the standard bird feeding station pole bracket or a wall bracket.

Solution to that is the use of an S shaped bracket which would be used to wrap over larger tree branches or posts, well the over side will be used to hang the feeder from.

You can go beyond the standard practice by being a little inventive...

A green thick length of rope will do anything an S shaped bracket can do, at a lower cost with the benefit of it not only looking the part, but there's nothing you can't tie it too.

All that needs to be done in regards to use of rope is researching attractive knot tying skills before hanging it up as you don't want an ugly knot.

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