The 3 Best Bird Feeder Pole Systems (Squirrel-Proof, Strong & Stable)

Welcome to my review of the best bird feeder pole systems. Recently I decided to add another bird feeding pole system to my yard so set out on a journey to find the best bird feeder pole system available. There are so many types and brands of bird feeder pole systems available today I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. So, I accepted the challenge and set out to personally test 9 of the leading products. Based on my testing analysis, here are the 3 best bird feeder pole systems:

The 3 Best Bird Feeder Pole Systems

Best Overall

Squirrel Stopper Sequoia

This system is for you if
You’re a serious backyard birder and need a solid system to support multiple feeder sizes/weights, and/or have squirrel problems. Jump to full review.

Best Heavy-Duty

Squirrel Stopper Deluxe

This system is for you if
You’re a serious backyard birder and need the strongest system available to support multiple heavy feeders, have squirrel problems, or would like color choices. Jump to full review.

Best Budget

Feed Garden Deluxe

This system is for you if
You’re new to backyard birding and are testing the waters or on a budget/don’t want to invest in a solid system, and don’t have squirrel problems. Jump to full review.

I spent 6 weeks and 25 hours purchasing 9 different bird feeder pole systems, installing them in my yard, testing and assessing them. Combine this with my 20+ years of experience backyard birding and you have solid and reliable advice you can trust.

Guide to Buying a Bird Feeder Pole System

Bird feeder pole systems come with a laundry list of features but which ones are really important? In this guide, I’ll share the features that are key, why they’re so important, and some tips along the way.

Let’s go.

Strength & Stability

Strength and stability are the most important factors to consider when purchasing a bird feeder pole system.

Strength

A bird feeder pole system must be strong because multiple bird feeders, each filled with birdseed, can get very heavy. Look for a strong and solid center pole with 3 or fewer sections that when connected, function as one unit and don’t wobble or jiggle.

Also, pay attention to the soldering joints for the hooks and make sure they look clean. Messy soldering can be an indication of carelessness and lower quality. No one wants their bird feeder dropping to the ground from a bad solder joint.

Stability

The system needs to be stable enough to support uneven weight distribution without leaning. Whether you have one bird feeder hanging or four, the system should stand straight and solid. The stability of a bird feeder pole system is based on the bottom support as well as the center pole.

Bottom Support

Systems with bottom support that go deeper into the ground provide the best stability.

The systems with ground augers and a twisting rod make the task of twisting the base pole into the ground easier. Just how deep? To give you an idea – the Squirrel Stopper Sequoia (the best bird feeder pole system) goes 20″ deep into the ground.

Many budget models utilize “a fork staking” system for bottom support. The forks spread out and also go into the ground but only about 8″.

Stability with a fork system is determined by the distance the fork is from the center pole (longer is better), how deep in the ground each fork goes, (deeper is better), and the number of forks (more is better). Look for a model that has at least 4 forks that go into the ground at least 8″ and are at least 4.5″ from the center pole.

forks of the bird feeder pole base
Fork style base of a bird feeder pole system. This system has 4 forks.
Center Pole

Look for a system with a center pole comprised of 3 or fewer sections, made of steel, at least 1″ diameter, and the sections lock in place such as threaded connections to screw the sections together or twist and lock button.

Squirrel Stopper Sequoia center pole is 1.25" in diameter and connections are via threaded screws.
A steel center pole, 1.25″ in diameter, and threaded connection type.

Capacity & Usability

Consider how many bird feeders you’d like to hang on your pole system and make sure the one you choose can support this number.

If you’re new to backyard birding and unsure, I recommend looking for a system with 4 hooks. After you put out your first feeder and the birds start coming, you’ll be hooked and want to attract even more and different kinds of birds.

Bird feeders should have ample space between each other and from the center pole for usability. That is, to prevent feeders from knocking into the pole or one another.

Space is also preferred by your feathered friends when they visit. Many are territorial – especially during breeding season – and may fight other birds at the feeder. Also, if a sick bird were to visit, more space helps mitigate the spread of illness.

Look for a system whose hooks are at least 7″ from the center pole .10″ or more is truly the ideal distance but 7″ is the minimum.

Squirrel Proof

Look for a bird feeder pole system that is squirrel proof. They will stop at nothing to get at your bird feeders and devour the bird food. Not only does this bust the birdseed budget but it also scares the birds away.

Many brands claim their system is “squirrel-proof”. In my experience, the ones that are close to 100% squirrel-proof are built-in (vs add-on baffles), large, smooth, and have some movement so the squirrel can’t gain leverage on it and launch upward to a feeder.

Add-on squirrel baffles are available to help keep squirrels off if the system you chose is not squirrel-proof. They’re not usually as effective at stopping these giant rodents but usually offer relief for a period of time – until the squirrels in your yard have figured out the nuances of the baffle!

If you don’t have a squirrel problem, you will. And you’ll be glad you have a bird feeder pole system that’s squirrel proof.

Ease of Installation

Nobody wants to spend hours installing a bird feeder pole system, nor should they need to.

Instructions are provided with the systems to make it easier, but let’s be honest, bird feeder pole system designs are not complicated and the general concept doesn’t vary much from one brand to another.

  1. You have the base that attaches to the ground (via ground auger or forks);
  2. Center poles that attach to one another somehow (via insert, screw together, insert with buttons);
  3. Hooks installed near the top.

Higher quality models will take longer to install because the base entails twisting an auger into the ground – over 1.5′. Look for a model that includes the “twisting rod” because it makes the job significantly easier. Plus, it’s highly unlikely you already have a metal rod that is the perfect diameter, strength, and length to take don’t he task. I know I didn’t!

Budget models are generally all the same and take no time at all to install. The base entails 3-5 forks that are easily inserted into the ground by stepping on them. The center poles are just inserted as well.

Purchase/Return Convenience

If you’re pressed for time or just enjoy the convenience of ordering online, there are plenty of online stores to purchase your bird feeder pole system from. We all know Amazon returns are super simple, but what about fees? Make sure you understand the cost of returning the system if you need to. This is true even for Amazon as some stores that sell through Amazon may charge a restocking fee.

Look for a reputable and reliable vendor to purchase from (e.g. Amazon) that also has an easy and fair return policy.

Aesthetics

I do not recommend purchasing a bird feeder pole system based on looks alone. Assuming it meets all of the other criteria mentioned above, the appearance just isn’t important.

Besides, most pole systems are pretty plain – which is a good thing. The bird feeders, hanging plants, and other garden ornaments you choose to hang from the system are likely to outshine even the fanciest-looking pole system.

Also, the majority of system manufacturers don’t even offer color options – they come black. This is a good thing because black goes with everything!

Cost

For most people, the cost cannot be ignored. That said, my research revealed a direct correlation between quality and cost. On the budget end, you can find a bird feeder pole system for under $50, and on the higher end around $200.

If you’re new to birding or on a budget go for the best budget model, Feed Garden Deluxe, and upgrade when you can.

If you’re in it for the long haul and/or have large, wide and/or heavy feeders it’s more efficient to invest in the best feeder pole system or the best heavy-duty bird feeder pole system I recommend above. If you buy the budget model it won’t last long and you’ll be back shopping for the best system anyways.


Bird Feeder Pole System Reviews

When I set out to review bird feeder pole systems I was astonished at how many there were.

Early on it became apparent there are only a few manufacturers of bird feeding pole systems but a lot of companies “branding” them as their own. In other words, many companies are selling the identical system but calling it something different or throwing in a free feeder or two to try and differentiate it. Armed with this knowledge, I identified the duplicates and selected only one of the brands to review.

From the moment I received each of the system packages, I took notes and pictures. LOTS of notes and pictures as a matter of fact. I installed each system in my yard and noted how each one stacked up against my Guide to Buying a Bird Feeder Pole System I shared above. Specifically, I looked at:

  • Strength & Stability
  • Capacity & Usability
  • Squirrel Proof
  • Ease of Installation
  • Cost

A word about the budget models

It’s typical for the budget models to include feeders, water, and mesh attachments. I don’t consider these items when reviewing the models because they are very low quality so I may not mention them in my reviews.

Each of the budget models I reviewed has the same fork style base system for acceptable stability. Also, the fork distance from the center is the same (4″) and ground depth (8″) the same.


1. Squirrel Stopper Sequoia: The Best Bird Feeder Pole System

Relative Cost: $$$

The best bird feeder pole system award easily goes to the Squirrel Stopper Sequoia. Here is an overview of the system:

When I received the package I immediately knew theSquirrel Stopper Sequoia system was high quality. Even the box was stronger than the other systems I reviewed. It was thick and strong without rips or dents, clearly marked brand and model of the system (no generic “bird feeder kit” listed).

All pieces were individually wrapped with thick padding between protecting them from scratching or damage.

And, the Squirrel Stopper Sequoia is surprisingly easy to install. When I first pulled the huge auger out of the box and observed the line on the center pole indicating the depth it needed to go into the ground (20″) – I was worried. How am I going to get that thing in the ground?

I inserted an iron twisting rod that came with the system, into the holes at the top of the base unit and began twisting into the ground. I was able to twist the full 20″ relatively easily.

The first 16″ went in like butter – the remaining 4″ required me to take a lot of breaks and lean into the twisting, but I succeeded in getting the full 20″ in the ground. That pole is in the ground, solid, and not moving!

From there the features of this system just got better. The solid steel center pole and threaded joints of each section (including the auger) make this system rock solid and stable so the heaviest of feeders won’t bend it.

The mechanism for the hooks slid onto the center pole at the top. Then, each hook slid into its own opening that locked tightly in place. There was no movement from these hooks – they stay in place and do not move so the feeders won’t jostle around when the birds start hopping around.

Just a touch of the baffle caused the solid smooth piece to bob around. No squirrel is going to successfully reach the feeders.

The system is powder coated to help prevent rusting.

Once fully installed this system stands 98″ tall. For most people, a grabber/reacher tool or a step-stool will be needed to access the feeders.

Squirrel Stopper Sequoia
hook insert from bird feeder system
Mechanism to support hooks on the Squirrel Stopper Sequoia.
Mechanism to support hooks on the Squirrel Stopper Sequoia.
Mechanism to support hooks on the Squirrel Stopper Sequoia.

Pros

  • Great price for a solid, high quality system.
  • Solid steel construction and pole sections threaded/screwed into each other for ultimate sturdiness.
  • Easy to install despite the added step of twisting the auger into the ground.
  • Included the iron rod to make installation of auger easier.
  • Four hooks to hold more bird feeders.
  • Hooks are a long distance from the center pole (19″) allowing the birds to be spread further apart which is healthier for the birds. Also accomodates larger feeders such as hanging platform feeders.
  • Built-in squirrel baffle that’s round, solid, and moves around preventing the squirrel from getting to the feeders.

Cons

  • Height (98″) can be a challenge for some people and require the purchase of a grabber/reacher tool (see below) or step stool.

The Squirrel Stopper Sequoia is for you if… You’re a serious backyard birder and need a solid system that will last, supports multiple feeder sizes/weights, and/or have squirrel problems.

Height (above ground): 98″
Bottom Support Type: Large Auger
Bottom Support Depth: 20″
Center Pole Metal: Steel
Center Pole Sections: 4
Center Pole Connection: Threaded
Center Pole Diameter: 1.25″
Number of Hooks: 3
Distance from Center Pole: 19″
Twisting Rod Provided: Yes
Online Purchase: Yes (Amazon)


Grabber/Reacher Tool

Given the height of the Sequoia, unless you’re more than 6′ tall, I recommend purchasing a grabber/reacher tool. It makes reaching the feeders a snap!


2. Squirrel Stopper Deluxe: The Best Heavy Duty Bird Feeder Pole System

Relative Cost: $$$$

My recommendation for the best heavy-duty bird feeder pole system is also a by the Squirrel Stopper brand. It’s the Squirrel Stopper Deluxe model. If you have large and/or heavy bird feeders you need a heavy-duty pole system to support them. The Squirrel Stopper Deluxe is perfect for the job.

Similar to the Sequoia model, the Deluxe’s center pole is made from solid steel construction. While the Sequoia’s center poles are an impressive 1.5″ in diameter, the Deluxe is 2″ ! This is the largest diameter in the industry.

Once installed it’s rock-solid so you can put up the largest feeder you can find and fill it without worrying it will break or bend the system.

The center pole segments insert and twist-lock into place for stability and to keep the center square.

The system is advertised with 8 hooks for hanging feeders and other garden decor (e.g. wind chimes, etc). Because wild birds need more space when feeding (as I discuss in the Guide to Buying a Bird Feeder POle) I would only use the outer 4 hooks for the bird feeders.

Just like the Sequoia model, this system is powder coated to help prevent rusting.

The Deluxe also comes in 3 different colors and a cardinal finial at the top, for more decor variety. (Most systems, including the Sequoia, only come in black).

Squirrel Stopper Deluxe bird feeder pole system
Squirrel Stopper Deluxe

Pros

  • Solid steel construction and the largest diameter center pole in the industry (2″) for maximum sturdiness.
  • Easy to install. Comes with iron twisting rod to make installation super easy.
  • Four hooks to hold more bird feeders. (It advertises 8 hooks but I think the inside ones are too close to the center pole for a bird feeder).
  • The outside hooks are a long distance from the center pole (19″) allowing the birds to be spread further apart as they’re feeding which is healthier for the birds. Also accomodates larger feeders such as hanging platform feeders.
  • Built-in squirrel baffle that’s round, solid, and moves around preventing the squirrel from getting to the feeders.
  • Three different color/finishes to choose from to match your outdoor vibe.

Cons

  • Pricey

The Squirrel Stopper Deluxe is for you if… You’re a serious backyard birder and need the strongest, most solid system available, that will last, supports multiple feeder sizes/weights, have squirrel problems, or would like something other than a black color/finish.

Height (above ground): 80″
Bottom Support Type: Large Auger
Bottom Support Depth: 20″
Center Pole Metal: Steel
Center Pole Sections: 3
Center Pole Connection: Twist & Snap
Center Pole Diameter: 2″
Number of Hooks: 8 (4 are suitable for bird feeders)
Distance from Center Pole: 17″
Type of Squirrel Preventer: Built-in large smooth metal unit that bobs around
Twisting Rod Provided: Yes
Online Purchase: Yes (Amazon)


3. Feed Garden Deluxe: The Best Budget Bird Feeder Pole System

Appears to be the same as the Ashman Deluxe Bird Feeding Station

Relative Cost: $

Not everyone can afford or wants to invest in the best bird feeder pole system. This is especially true when starting out with bird feeding. That’s where the Feed Garden Deluxe bird feeder pole system comes in.

Compared with the 3 other budget-priced systems I purchased, installed, and tested, the Feed Garden Deluxe was the best.

The Feed Garden Deluxe is made of iron, has 4 hooks for feeders, and is supported with a fork-style base. These are all features I’d expect from a budget model. I was happy to see it has 4 forks, rather than 3, for more stability.

The most impressive part of the Feed Garden Deluxe is the top 2 hook ends are 10″ from the center pole which allows you to hang larger, bulkier bird feeders and more space for birds to congregate.

The lower/moveable hooks are only 7.5″ from the center pole and likely only suitable for tube feeders. However, I liked the ability to arrange these 2 at the level and angle you desire for versatility.

The system was super easy to assemble and install. It literally took me 5 minutes to assemble (inside my house by the way), and a minute to step on the forks and install them into the ground.

The center pole is a standard 13/16″ but only had 3 sections which is a plus for stability. The pole sections are inserted into one another for a tight fit. The stability was acceptable considering the fork style.

I don’t consider aesthetics to be a critical factor when choosing a system but I thought this system was sharp! I liked the twisted finial at the top – it added a lovely design element.

The Feed Garden does not come with a squirrel preventer but you could add one on if you need it. However, it won’t be as effective as a built-in system like the Squirrel Stopper Sequoia or Squirrel Stopper Deluxe.

Feed Garden bird feeder pole system
Feed Garden

Pros

  • Budget-friendly price
  • Base comprised of 4 forks for greater stability.
  • Two of the four hooks are 10″ away from from the center pole allowing for larger feeders and more space for birds to congregate and stay healthy.
  • Ability to move lower hooks at different height and place around the pole to prevent hanging items from hitting one another.
  • Center section comprised of only 3 poles for greater stability and strength.
  • Easy to install.

Cons

  • No squirrel preventer.
  • The lower two hooks are very close to the center pole rendering them more useful for hanging garden ornaments rather than bird feeders.

The Feed Garden Deluxe system is for you if
You’re new to backyard birding and are testing the waters or on a budget/don’t want to invest in a solid system, and don’t have squirrel problems.

Height (above ground): 82″
Bottom Support Type: Fork
Bottom Support Depth: 8″
Center Pole Metal: Iron
Center Pole Sections: 3
Center Pole Connection: Insert
Center Pole Diameter: 13/16″
Number of Hooks: 4
Distance from Center Pole: 7.5″ & 8.5″
Type of Squirrel Preventer: None
Twisting Rod Provided: N/A
Online Purchase: Yes (Amazon)


4. MIXXIDEA Deluxe Bird feeding Station Kit with 4 Bird Feeders

Relative Cost: $

The MIXXIDEA DBFSK4BF (Deluxe Bird Feeding Station Kit w/4 Bird Feeders) system is a decent budget-friendly bird feeder pole system.

It’s very similar to the Feed Garden I recommend for the best budget system with only the following differences:

  • The 2 top hooks are closer to the center pole which can cause crowding amongst the birds (8.5″ vs 10″).
  • The system comes in bronze color which may or may not be preferrable to some people (Feed Garden is black).

Height (above ground): 82″
Bottom Support Type: Fork
Bottom Support Depth: 8″
Center Pole Metal: Iron
Center Pole Sections: 3
Center Pole Connection: Insert
Center Pole Diameter: 13/16″
Number of Hooks: 4
Distance from Center Pole: 7.5″ & 8.5″
Type of Squirrel Preventer: None
Twisting Rod Provided: N/A
Online Purchase: Yes (Amazon)

MIXXIDEA bird feeder pole system
MIXXIDEA Deluxe Bird feeding Station Kit with 4 Bird Feeders.

5. MIXXIDEA Deluxe Bird feeding Station Kit with 6 Bird Feeders

Relative Cost: $

The MIXXIDEA DBFSK6BF (Deluxe Bird Feeding Station Kit w/6 Bird Feeders) system is another decent budget-friendly bird feeder pole system.

It’s very similar to the MIXXIDEA Deluxe Bird Feeding Station Kit above with these differences:

  • 2 additional hooks for a total of 6.
  • The 2 top hooks for this model are further from the center pole which allows for larger bird feeders and more space amongst the birds to congregate (10″ vs. 8.5″).
  • The 2 lower hooks are further from the section pole which allows more space for feeders and the birds (7.75″ vs 7.5″).

Height (above ground): 82″
Bottom Support Type: Fork
Bottom Support Depth: 8″
Center Pole Metal: Iron
Center Pole Sections: 3
Center Pole Connection: Insert
Center Pole Diameter: 13/16″
Number of Hooks: 6
Distance from Center Pole: 6.75″ & 10″
Type of Squirrel Preventer: None
Twisting Rod Provided: N/A
Online Purchase: Yes (Amazon)

MIXXIDEA2 bird feeder pole system with 4 feeders and accessories
MIXXIDEA Deluxe Bird Feeding Station Kit with 6 bird feeder feeders.

6. Yosager Premium Bird Feeding Station Kit

Appears to be the same as the Ashman Premium Bird Feeding Station Kit

Relative Cost: $

The Yosager Premium Bird Feeding Station Kit has similar attributes as the other budget-friendly systems mentioned with the following differences:

  • The 2 top hooks are the furthest from the center pole of all the budget friendly models at 10.5″ – this allows for larger feeders and more space for birds to congregate.
  • The 2 lower hooks are closest to the center pole among all the budget friendly models at 6″. This constrains the space birds can move around in and limits the size of feeder you can hang.

Height (above ground): 91″
Bottom Support Type: Fork
Bottom Support Depth: 8″
Center Pole Metal: Iron
Center Pole Sections: 3
Center Pole Connection: Insert
Center Pole Diameter: 13/16″
Number of Hooks: 4
Distance from Center Pole: 6″ & 10.5″
Type of Squirrel Preventer: None
Twisting Rod Provided: N/A
Online Purchase: Yes (Amazon)

Yosager bird feeder pole system
YosagerPremium Bird Feeding Station Kit

7. Wild Birds Unlimited Advanced Pole System

Relative Cost: $$$$

If I’m not mistaken, the WBU APS (Wild Birds Unlimited Advanced Pole System) is the original bird feeder pole. In fact, my first system was a WBU APS and still stands in my yard today.

Wild Birds Unlimited allows people to do some shopping on their website but they are first and foremost a brick and mortar store.

Unlike other systems, the WBU APS is a modular system. The base APS includes the auger style base, 2-piece steel pole, 2 hooks, chickadee finial, and a large “stabilizer” which is essentially a fork that helps to further stabilize the auger base.

An iron twisting rod is not included. Instructions advise using a screwdriver which can be a bit more challenging to install. The iron twisting rod is really the way to go (refer to the Squirrel Stopper Sequoia review above).

If the customer wants 4 hooks they purchase an additional 2-hook add-on. The same is true for a squirrel baffle or any other extra piece. As I said, the APS is modular which is a nice feature for budget reasons.

The APS is powder-coated to prevent rusting but I was unable to identify the type of metal (iron vs. steel) it’s made of.

The center section connects using snap and twist buttons for stability and won’t twist when the winds pick up.

When visiting the WBU website, if you’re interested in a product you’re required to enter your ZIP to find a nearby store. In many cases, the product is not available online so you have to make a trip to the store. Depending on where you live, there may not be a WBU store nearby.

For example, when I entered my ZIP, selected the store nearest me, and went to the APS product page it said it was unavailable. I tried again with the 2 next WBU stores near me and the same result.

I love the WBU APS for a higher-end bird feeder pole system. My only complaints are the system does not include an iron twisting rod (to make installation a breeze), shopping online is hit or miss (e.g. many items are not available), and Wild Birds Unlimited retails stores are not always nearby.

This system is for you if you don’t need the convenience of online shopping.

Wild Birds Unlimited Advanced Pole System
The Wild Birds Unlimited Advanced Pole System in my yard. The feeder is not from Wild Birds Unlimited.

Height (above ground): 76″
Bottom Support Type: Auger + Stabilizer (Fork)
Bottom Support Depth: 20″
Center Pole Metal: Unknown
Center Pole Sections: 3
Center Pole Connection: Twist & Snap Button
Center Pole Diameter: 1″
Number of Hooks: 4
Distance from Center Pole: 7.5″ & 10″
Type of Squirrel Preventer: None
Twisting Rod Provided: N/A
Online Purchase: Yes (Amazon)


8. Kettle Moraine Bird Feeder Pole Set – 3 Arm

Relative Cost: $$$

When the Kettle Moraine Bird Feeder Pole system arrived I was immediately impressed with the quality of the packaging (thick cardboard, clearly marked name of contents, styrofoam between the pieces) and system pieces.

The center pole is steel construction with 1″ diameter – a great foundation for strength and stability.

I thought this system was going to make my top 3 but as I proceeded to install and assess it, it failed a few key areas.

Similar to the Squirrel Stopper systems, the base is installed with a ground auger. I noticed this auger was narrower than the Squirrel Stoppers.

And, the set did not come with an iron rod for twisting into the ground. I searched through my husbands’ hundreds of tools to find something with a thick, long, and strong shaft. I found a screwdriver.

I went to work twisting the auger into the ground but was only able to get about 8″ in without either breaking my screwdriver ripping my arms out of their sockets.

Kettle Moraine bird feeder pole system with screwdriver in twister holes

At first, I thought the difficulty was because our ground was too hard so I set it aside. I then installed the Squirrel Stopper Sequoia (just a foot away) which easily twisted into the ground.

Without installing the Kettle Moraine system fully into the ground I couldn’t recommend the system for stability purposes.

This system also received lower marks because the hook distance from the center pole was only 12″. I would have celebrated this on a budget model but expected more from a system with a relative cost of $$$.

I still consider it a good system but for review purposes, the Squirrel Stoppers were better.

Upon returning the Kettle Moraine system I was assessed a 15% restocking fee, despite the fact that it was not useable for me. This was a little disappointing.

Kettle Moraine bird feeder pole system
Kettle MoraineBird Feeder Pole Set – 3 Arm

Height (above ground): 90″
Bottom Support Type: Auger
Bottom Support Depth: 20″
Center Pole Metal: Steel
Center Pole Sections: 3
Center Pole Diameter: 1″
Number of Hooks: 3 (There’s also a 4-arm system available)
Distance from Center Pole: 12″
Type of Squirrel Preventer: Squirrel Baffle
Twisting Rod Provided: No
Online Purchase: Yes (Amazon)


9. Erva Tool Heavy Duty Bird Feeder Pole Set – 3 Arm

Relative Cost: $$

Upon opening the box and inspecting the system I realized the pole system was nearly identical to the Kettle Moraine 3-Arm system so I did not install it.

The Erva Tool bird feeder system hooks are different than the Kettle Moraine system. They are much further from the center pole (22″) allowing for larger bird feeders and also allows birds more space to congregate without bothering one another.

The Erva Tool does not have a squirrel preventer so if they are a problem for you, I’d recommend choosing the Squirrel Stopper Sequoia or Deluxe.

Height (above ground): 90″
Bottom Support Type: Auger
Bottom Support Depth: 20″
Center Pole Metal: Steel
Center Pole Sections: 3
Center Pole Diameter: 1″
Number of Hooks: 3
Distance from Center Pole: 22″
Type of Squirrel Preventer: None
Online Purchase: Yes (Amazon)


There are plenty of options out in the market for bird feeder pole systems. Most of them are adequate, only a few are really great. It’s up to you – how many times in your life do you want to be replacing bird feeder poles 😉

Happy Birding!

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Tammy Poppie

More than 20 years ago, Tammy put her first bird feeder outside her kitchen window. Since then she learned how to attract wild birds to her back yard (and repel others). In her free time, she can be found in nature kayaking, hiking, and biking always hoping to see a bird in the wild.