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    We have a shepherd's hook style feeder which keeps it high enough off the ground that the squirrels cannot reach and it is far enough from trees and the house that they cannot jump. Our setup actually has 4 hooks forming an X, and it is low enough that I can reach the ones on the near side from my chair. For the one on the far side, I got one of those metal poles with a hook on the end like they use to hang clothes on high racks in a clothing store. I don't know your level of injury, but if you have a fairly strong upper body, it is easy to take down and put up the feeders with it.

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    Not sure this would work as I live in a high rise and not allowed to have anything hanging beyond the railing and I have no where to foothold it (cement balcony). I've tried birdhouses on poles before, that I planted into a cedar barrel but the squirrels got to them way too easily. Crafty buggers!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadEye View Post
    Sorry, I saw the thread title "Accessible bird feeder", and thought, wow, she must have a lot of disabled birds in her area.
    hahaha... well with these large windows, I do get a lot of casualties lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by automation View Post
    Hard (for me!) to see depth in the photo but I assume the curved arch is the outer wall of the house? The vertical uprights see to be interior to that (?) I also can only guess as to how tall you sit in your chair relative to the top of the railing...

    Perhaps consider mounting the feeder at a height that just clears the railing (hopefully, that's low enough for you to fill it). Then, move it outward, OFF the balcony when "in use".

    This lets any spillage from the feeder fall to the ground, below (instead of leaving a mess on your balcony). More importantly, it takes the weight of the feeder and the lifting/lowering mechanism out of the equation.

    Having a hinged (left-to-right) arm fastened to the building exterior (or the underside of that arch) and a FIXED LENGTH rope/cable/chain reduces your effort to just that of pulling the feeder (arm) in, filling it and then swinging it back out. An eyelet/hook can be mounted on the underside of the swing arm that you grab onto with a pole, from your seat. Store the pole in a corner of the balcony (or fastened to the railing for easy access).
    My balcony is only 5 feet wide and all cement except the arch which is wood (hence the ability to hang my windchimes). I am not allowed to have anything hanging further out than the railing (per threat of hitting anyone below). I'm over five stories high and people walk below so I don't want anyone injured, nor do I want my neighbors having to clean up after 'my' birds lol. I'm not opposed to cleaning up birdseed, it's really the squirrel poo and urine that I dislike. I also have a new neighbor who's decided it would be fun to leave peanuts out for the squirrels. Sadly they use my balcony as a freeway to leave the building. All the replys thus far have given me some good ideas though, so I think I can rig something up.

    (I'm 3'9 seated, T-11)

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    Quote Originally Posted by oncetherwasagirl View Post
    My balcony is only 5 feet wide and all cement except the arch which is wood (hence the ability to hang my windchimes). I am not allowed to have anything hanging further out than the railing (per threat of hitting anyone below). I'm over five stories high and people walk below so I don't want anyone injured, nor do I want my neighbors having to clean up after 'my' birds lol.
    Ah! Sorry, I assumed it was a single-family residence -- where your own sense of propriety was all that mattered! "Aesthetically pleasing" is always the tough criteria to meet!

    I'm not opposed to cleaning up birdseed, it's really the squirrel poo and urine that I dislike. I also have a new neighbor who's decided it would be fun to leave peanuts out for the squirrels. Sadly they use my balcony as a freeway to leave the building. All the replys thus far have given me some good ideas though, so I think I can rig something up.

    (I'm 3'9 seated, T-11)
    We'd never seen a squirrel, here -- until we hung the birdfeeder! This is what prompted us to mount the feeder on a swing arm (to get it out past the roofline si the little RATS couldn't jump onto it).

    We, ultimately, replaced the birdfeeder with a HUMMINGbird feeder (they're far more interesting to watch). No need to swing the arm way out OFF the porch for them (though they have a habit of "squirting" as they depart the feeder!)

    Instead, we replaced the squirrel problem with a woodpecker problem (they try to drink the sugarry water through the same hole that the hummingbirds would). And, they're so large that they end up jostling the feeder, causing it to spill sugar-water onto the porch (can you spell "ANTS"?).

    Finally, we learned that the BATS would target the feeder if left out, overnight -- emptying it in a single evening! So, now use the swingarm to lift the feeder into a "dock" that covers it overnight.

    [Our swingarm is arranged so that moving the arm also raises/lowers the feeder -- a simple mechanism but hard to describe. So, we have it raise into the dock, from below, instead of having to take it down each evening and put it back up, each morning]

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