can you hang bird feeders in trees

Hi, I know this is a “pets” place, but this is the closest I could find for information. I have trees in my yard but the branches are all too high (30+ feet) to hang a feeder from. I currently have a pole feeder in the yard, but its not anchored well and wobbles from side to side, plus its only 5 high, so my feeder is hanging only about 2 1/2 feet off the ground. Getting a taller, stronger one is not an option, my DH is not a bird watcher so he would see it as a waste of money. I was wondering if I could attach a plant hanger from the trunk of a tree (drilling 2 holes) to hang a feeder. I know its not the best solution, but will 2 small holes really hurt the tree? If anyone has any other ideas, Im open!

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What Not To Do When Installing A Bird Feeder

Improperly installing a bird feeder can cause a lot of damage, even killing the tree if it’s young enough. Nails or screws that penetrate the tree trunk can damage the tree, leaving wounds that make the tree more susceptible to insects, disease, and wood-decaying fungi that will rot the tree. As such, do not fasten a winter feeder to a tree!

As well, do not hang a feeder or a birdhouse on a branch using a tightly wound string or wire. As the tree grows, it will grow around the cordage, potentially causing a problem called girdling. Girdling is the choking of the cambium, the tree’s pathway for fluids and nutrients. When the string becomes too tight, it can form a wound that could either make the limb weaken and break, or cause branch dieback from a lack of water and nutrients.

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Hello, I realize this is a “pets” place, but this is the closest information source I could find. My yard has trees, but none of the branches are low enough (30 feet) to support a feeder. I presently have a pole feeder in the yard, but it is only five high and poorly anchored, so it hangs only about two and a half feet off the ground. It is not possible to get a stronger, taller one because my partner does not enjoy watching birds and would consider it a waste of money. Could I hang a feeder from a tree trunk using a plant hanger that I drilled two holes in? I’m open to suggestions, but even though I know this isn’t the best course of action, will the tree really suffer from two tiny holes?


Where should you not put a bird feeder?

Evergreens are ideal—their thick foliage buffers winter winds and offers year-round hiding places from predators. Be careful not to locate your feeder too close to cover, though. Nearby branches can provide jumping-off points for seed-hungry squirrels and hiding places for bird-hungry cats.

How do you hang a bird feeder from a tree branch?

Use a long rope, chain or bungee cord to secure a line to the tree. Make sure it has an S-hook or loop on the end for easy access. If you are attaching a squirrel guard to the feeder, hook it onto the cord before adding the bird feeder.

Should bird feeders be in the sun or shade?

Move Feeders to the Shade It also keeps seed and other bird foods from spoiling as quickly from the seasonal mixture of sun and humidity. Plus, a shaded spot also provides birds shelter from predators. Consider hanging feeders in a tree, near a shrub, or on a garden hook placed next to vegetation.