How to Mount a Birdhouse on a Metal Pole

Mounting a bird house on a metal pole is a great alternative to hanging it from a tree or other high place.
Mounting a birdhouse keeps birds safer.Mounting a birdhouse keeps birds safer.
Such a set-up allows for more security and stability during potentially harmful weather conditions, and makes access more difficult for predators such as snakes and raccoon. Mounting itself is a fairly simple process, requiring a minimum of tools and resources that are readily available. The time and investment pays for itself by eliminating the need for multiple replacement birdhouses.

Step 1

Decide which cardinal direction the entrance of the birdhouse will face. Most birdhouse entrances face east, to let in the morning sun and avoid afternoon glare, but regional weather patterns should be the deciding factor in choosing the entrance direction.

Step 2

Drill two 5/16 inch holes in the back of the metal pole and the birdhouse, making sure the holes in the pole and birdhouse align.

Step 3

Insert 1/4 inch stove bolts first through the holes in the birdhouse and then the pole to anchor the birdhouse to the pole. Lightly shake the birdhouse to ensure it is secure and cannot be toppled by wind.

Step 4

Install, if desired, a cone pole guard (also called a baffle) to further protect the birdhouse from predators. Metal or plastic baffles can be purchased at many pet stores and come with instructions and the necessary installation equipment. If making a baffle at home, purchase a 24 or 26-gauge galvanized sheet metal circle 3 feet in diameter. Cut 1 1/2 feet toward the center of the circle than wrap it around the pole under the birdhouse so the two ends of the metal overlap to form an inverted funnel. Drill three 5/16 inch evenly spaced vertical holes through the overlapping ends and insert 3 1/4 stove bolts through the metal to secure the baffle.

Things You Will Need

  • Electric drill
  • 5 1/4 inch stove bolts
  • 3 feet diameter 24 or 26 gauge galvanized sheet metal circle (optional)

About the Author

Arlen DiNero has been writing professionally since 2006. He has had short stories and editorials published in "The Berkeley Fiction Review" and "The Daily Californian." DiNero graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in English.