Are you tired of raccoons bending your store-bought shepherd hooks in half? Here are easy instructions for building your own that can survive just about anything nature can throw at it.
- 1 6’ tall 4×4” cedar post
- 1 4×4” fence post anchor
- 1 pint exterior paint
- 4 metal basket hooks (or number desired)
- Good-quality screws
- Small sledgehammer
- Electric Drill/ Screwdriver
- First, select a 4×4” cedar post about 6’ tall (pine can be used in a pinch, but isn’t as durable).
- Next, paint or stain the wood. While cedar is still durable untreated, it will last even longer after it’s coated. Since many birds have good color vision, I suggest painting it a bright color. Reds, pinks, and purples are especially good if you hope to attract hummingbirds. I covered mine in two layers of pink exterior paint, allowing the post to dry thoroughly between coats.
- Select a good spot for your post. Drive the anchor into the ground with a sledgehammer. SAFETY NOTE: MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO WIRES OR PLUMBING WHERE YOU ARE PUTTING YOUR POST!!! CONSULT YOUR UTILITIES FIRST!
- Drive the post into the anchor. This may also require the sledgehammer.
- Screw the basket hooks into the post as desired (I screwed four into the top, but more or less could be added as desired). Be sure to purchase good quality screws to use for this (especially if your post is cedar, which is much harder than pine), since poor quality screws may have difficulty being driven in. For especially hard cedar, it may be necessary to drill pilot holes before screwing.
- Hang bird feeders and flower baskets!
Posted August 8th, 2016 by Admin