FAQs about Our Bird Feeders

These are some of the most frequently asked questions about Droll Yankees® bird feeders. 

At Droll Yankees, there’s a special place in our hearts for people who feed the birds. If you have any additional questions, please email our Customer Service Department at drollbird@drollyankees.com, or give us a call at 1-800-352-9164 and any one of our Customer Service Reps will be happy to assist you. Our hours are 7:30am-4:30pm (Mon-Thurs) & 7:30am-2pm (Fri) EST.

We thank you for feeding the birds with our products, and from all of us here at Droll Yankees, happy birding!

What makes a good bird feeder?

A good bird feeder is one that is practical for birds and beautiful for people. It’s made with rugged materials that stand the test of time. Every Droll Yankees bird feeder brings us closer to the natural world through the simple joy of feeding the birds. Droll Yankees feeders are designed to blend with the habits and sizes of specific birds, so that the feeders attract the backyard birds that people enjoy, while the bird feeder itself blends beautifully with the backyard and will last for years to come. In 1969, Droll Yankees founder Peter Kilham used his Yankee Ingenuity and invented the very first tubular bird feeder. Like Peter’s originals, all of our feeders are innovative, of the highest quality, and easy to use – pleasing both birds and humans.

What gives Droll Yankees bird feeders more value than other brands?

People and birds love Droll Yankees bird feeders because they are durable, functional, and very easy to fill and clean. Droll Yankees bird feeders will last for years or even decades longer than lesser-quality feeders. We have been producing bird feeders since 1969 and have cultivated many loyal devotees making the Droll Yankees name the best known name in bird feeders.  American workers craft Droll Yankees feeders from the highest quality materials so that your purchase will stand the test of time. Some people are still using their Droll Yankees bird feeders they purchased in the 1970s! For almost half a century, we’ve proudly made The World’s Best Bird Feeders® for backyard birders and the birds we all love. With over 50 different feeder styles, endless bird feeder accessories, many new products, and a Lifetime Warranty against squirrel damage, Droll Yankees is a staple for feeding wild birds.

Why are there different kinds of bird feeders?

There are different kinds of bird feeders for different kinds of birds and for different types of food. Birds are shaped differently, have differently shaped beaks, and have different seed preferences and feeding habits, so some feeders are made for large or small birds, for sunflower/mixed seeds or thistle (Nyjer®) seeds, others for suet, fruit, or nectar, some for hummingbirds and others for songbirds or finches. If there are specific types of birds you’d like to attract, there is a certain Droll Yankees bird feeder that would best fit your needs.

What kinds of bird feeders does Droll Yankees make?

We make many different bird feeder models in a variety of sizes and styles. It’s easy to find a feeder to suit every backyard bird species. Feeders can be divided into a few basic categories: platform/bird selective feeders, hopper feeders, tube feeders, window feeders, and caged feeders.

Platform bird feeders are open, flat surfaces that will accommodate birds of many shapes and sizes, even ground feeding birds. The seed is just placed out and spread across the surface and birds are able to land, grab a bite, and fly away again. These types of feeders can be hung, pole mounted, or fixed to a fence or railing. If a yard is limited on space or birders want to feed the largest variety of backyard birds with one feeder, a platform/tray feeder would be the way to go. Some of these feeders can also be height-adjusted so as to exclude larger birds such as starlings and grackles that can monopolize the feeder.

Hopper bird feeders are all-inclusive. Bigger is better! These feeders have a large seed capacity for lots of feeding between fillings. Adjustable valves regulate the flow of all types of seed. Always squirrel resistant, and squirrel proof when positioned 8 ft. or more from trees, shrubs, and structures, hopper feeders are ergonomically designed to be arthritic hand friendly. Our Jagunda® Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder with Auger (JG-A) and to our 15 in. Big Top® Bird Feeder (BTG) are large-capacity feeders are ideal for backyard birders who want the joy of watching a variety of birds without regular feeder refillings.

Tubular bird feeders are by far the most popular style of bird feeder. Way back in 1969, Droll Yankees actually invented the very first tubular bird feeder, model A-6, revolutionizing bird feeder design and creating the standard for all tubular bird feeders. Check out our recently reintroduced A-6F feeder. Tubular feeders come in a variety of models, capacities, & sizes to accommodate different birds and feeder traffic levels. Tube feeders can be hung, pole-mounted, or both, depending on the model and personal mounting preferences. People and birds love The New Generation® line of tubular bird feeders, one of our most popular lines. There’s a tube feeder out there for every backyard birder!

Window bird feeders offer a unique perspective in backyard birding. These feeders mount directly to a window via suction cups and bring birds right up close. While the styles may vary greatly, the most common styles involve a covered dish were seed is placed and birds can land and perch on the edge of the dish to feed. These feeders are usually best suited for smaller songbirds to feed, as many do not offer enough clearance for larger birds to access. These feeders are great for birders who lack yard space for a larger feeder or want a more personal experience watching their feathered friend feeding. Droll Yankees offers a variety of window-feeding options.

Squirrel-proof bird feeders are specially designed to ease the plight of the squirrel-plagued birder. A family favorite is our Yankee Flipper®, which has a motorized perch ring that’s triggered to spin under the weight of a grey squirrel, but stays in place when the lighter birds are feeding. The Flipper sends squirrels on a wild ride and saves the seed for the birds! Caged feeders have a tubular bird feeder surrounded by a large metal cage that restricts grey squirrels’ access to the feeder and seeds inside. The openings are only large enough for small songbirds to enter and the distance between the cage and the feeder makes it impossible for squirrels to reach-in and steal seed. The perfect choice for backyard birders tired of seed-stealing squirrels ruining the fun of feeding birds.

Oriole & fruit feeders are great for giving sweet treats to colorful Orioles and other fruit-feeding songbirds. With wire or dish styles in hanging and window-mount varieties, these feeders leave fruit totally open for bird enjoyment. Add a fruity splash of jelly, a juicy orange half, or a handful of protein-packed mealworms and enjoy Orioles, Mockingbirds, Tanagers, and more like never before! 

Hummingbird nectar feeders are a crucial source of energy for hummingbirds, which have the greatest energy output, gram for gram, of any known warm-blooded animal. Hummers feed 5-8 times an hour, and a hummingbird’s wings can beat 200 times per second during courtship! Providing nectar feeders is the perfect way to encounter these magical birds. All Droll Yankees hummingbird feeders are constructed of durable UV-stabilized polycarbonate and are designed for leak-proof feeding. Proudly made in the USA, our hummingbird feeders come with a FREE port cleaning brush and have the perfect recipe for nectar engraved right on the feeder.

To purchase your next bird feeder, please visit your local Droll Yankees retailer, our online store, or give us a call at 1-800-352-9164 and any one of our Customer Service Reps will be happy to assist you. Our hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5:00pm EST. Happy birding!

Can the hummingbirds reach the nectar in my feeder?

A hummingbird’s tongue is roughly twice the length of its beak. It actually licks the nectar (approximately 13 licks per second!), instead of drinking from the feeder directly. Looking at its beak, it might seem that it can’t reach the nectar in the bottom of the feeder. But because its tongue extends much longer than its beak, it’s actually able to lick the nectar that is beyond its beak.  If you look closely with binoculars, you might even be able to see the hummer’s tongue.

Why aren’t birds visiting my new bird feeder?

Birds are creatures of habit, and it can take them days or even weeks to use a new bird feeder. There is something new in the yard that they are not used to, and they need to warm up to it first.

We would suggest temporarily removing other bird feeders in the area, so that the birds must use the new one. Oddly enough, filling the feeder half-full seems to help attract the birds to the new feeder. Temporarily placing the bird feeder near  a shrub or tree where birds will feel safe can also encourage them to explore the new feeder (once they’ve discovered it, place it far enough away from a tree so that the squirrels won’t get to it). Adding something like a colorful ribbon can also help, as the movement in the wind can make the birds feel like another bird has found the feeder to be safe.

We hope that the birds begin to use you new bird feeder soon, and please keep us updated!