A birdseed bell is a mass of birdseed held together using some sort of edible binder, like gelatin. These things are quite convenient to use as you do not need to install a feeder. You can typically just hang them as they are.
However, there are little nuances on how to hang a birdseed bell so that you can attract only the critters that you want. You should not just hang them anywhere. You have to choose the right place and pick the right height.
This article will teach you the proper way to hang bird seed bells so you can get the maximum optimal effect you have been looking for.
Hanging the Birdseed Bell the Typical Way
What to prepare:
- A bit of string or twine
- A small hook (optional)
Step 1 – Choose the perfect spot
Where should you hang the birdseed bell? The main reason why you are hanging a birdseed bell is that you want to watch the birds as they feed. This means you need to place the bell where you can see it whenever you want.
Is there a tree near your kitchen window? That would be a good place to hang the birdseed bell as you can watch the birds while washing the dishes or cooking.
Step 2 – Hang the birdseed bell securely
Hopefully, you bought a traditional bird seed bell that already came with a metal or plastic tab. The tab will allow you to hang the birdseed bell easily. Now that you picked a spot, proceed to hang the bell.
If you are thinking of hanging the bell underneath a tree, wrap the cord around a lower branch and then attach a hook at the end. You can then hang the birdseed on the hook using the tab at the top.
Using A Plastic Mesh
If the bird seed bell you have does not come with a plastic tab, or if it accidentally broke off, you can use this method.
What to prepare:
- Birdseed bell
- Bit of string or cord
- Plastic mesh or net – Make sure that the holes are bigger than the seeds in the bell.
- An S-hook
Step 1 – Pick a spot for the birdseed bell
As mentioned earlier, you need to pick the perfect spot for the birdseed bell. Choose a spot where you can easily see the bell. It should also be placed in an area where the birds can comfortably feed without any worries. This means that the bell should not be too near where you will be watching it from.
Step 2 – Wrap the bell in plastic mesh
Grab a piece of plastic mesh or net that is big enough to wrap around the bell. As much as possible, just use one layer of mesh to allow the birds to pick through the holes.
With that said, you need to use mesh with holes that are large enough that the large seeds can easily pass through. This will prevent the birds from destroying the mesh and causing the bell to fall out.
Step 3 – Hang the birdseed bell
Use the S-hook to hang the mesh bag on the cord wrapped around the tree branch. Thread the S-hook through the mesh, making sure that you are catching at least two layers. Also, make sure that you hook the bell in the middle to keep it from hanging lopsidedly on the cord.
Use a Bell Hanger
A bell hanger is a combination of a bird seed bell holder and perch for the birds who will be using it.
What to prepare:
- Birdseed bell
- Birdseed bell hanger
- String or twine
- Hook (optional)
Step 1 – Pick out the right location
As mentioned before, you will need to pick the right location for your bird seed bell and holder. Once you picked out the perfect spot, you should then make sure that you have somewhere to hang the bell. For instance, if you want to hang your bird seed bell on the roof sill of your patio, you have to screw in a hook from which you can hang the bell.
Step 2 – Assemble the bell holder
If you bought the typical bird seed bell, it might come in several pieces. Assemble the hanger according to the package instructions and hang the birdseed bell inside it. Make sure that the bell is right in the middle of the holder.
Step 3 – Hang the bell hanger in place
After you have assembled the bell hanger, you can hang the bell hanger in place. If the hanger is a bit too high, loop a bit of string or twine around the hook and cut it to the right length so that the bell holder hangs at the right height.
The bell hanger should be at just the right height so that you can clearly see the birds. It should also be low enough that you can reach it easily for refilling and cleaning when needed. Ideally, the bell should be at your eye level or a bit higher. However, it should not also be higher than the top of your head.
You will find that using a bell hanger will attract more birds to your feeder because it provides a perch so that more birds can feed at once. In addition, the birdseed bell hanger will allow bigger birds to feed.
Learning how to hang a birdseed bell is not that difficult. Birdseed bells are quite convenient to use, and you can make them even easier to use by hanging them properly. There are several different ways how to hang bell-shaped bird seed, and they all have their own sets of benefits, so choose the one that suits your needs.