Yankee Flipper Bird Feeder (YF)


Yankee Flipper Bird Feeder (YF)

Rated 4.47 out of 5 based on 17 customer ratings
(17 customer reviews)



The 5 pound capacity Yankee Flipper Bird Feeder is a motor driven, battery powered, weight activated squirrel-proof feeder. It allows the birds to eat and saves seed by keeping squirrels away.

  • Click to watch a video of the Yankee Flipper in action!
  • Motor driven, battery powered, weight activated perch ring.
  • Includes AC/DC adapter.
  • Birds will not set it off, not even larger species like Woodpeckers and Cardinals. But the minute a squirrel hops on to the perch, the motor is triggered and the feeder begins spinning, taking the squirrel for a whirl before it loses its grip and is thrown gently from the perch.
  • The seed tube is generous in height, making it impossible for squirrels to hang down from the top reach seed
  • The four feeding ports are easily accessible via the perch ring
  • The heavy metal cap fits snugly on the tube to prevent squirrels from lifting it to reach the seed
  • The clear feeder tube makes the seed visible to the birds, a proven advantage. Made of UV Stabilized Polycarbonate, it ensures long lasting durability without yellowing, its length and girth are designed to prevent squirrels from reaching the seed ports.
  • With a large 5 lb. capacity, you don’t need to refill your feeder every day
  • An internal baffle design keeps seed flowing freely to the ports
  • The Flipper looks great in any yard with the Forest Green powder coated metal top and base
  • Hang the Flipper securely from its heavy duty signature looped stainless steel wire which reduces motion
  • Lifetime Warranty against squirrel damage to the feeder; one year Limited Warranty on electronics
  • Components made in the U.S.A and in Taiwan

The Entertaining Yankee Flipper Bird Feeder is a member of the Yankee Family of squirrel-proof feeders from Droll Yankees.

This motorized feeder will send squirrels on a wild ride and keep them away from your bird feeder.

The Yankee Flipper has a motorized perch ring that is specially calibrated to go off under the weight of a squirrel. The perch ring will accommodate bigger birds, like cardinals and woodpeckers, squirrels will be promptly discharged. The clear 17” UV stabilized polycarbonate seed tube is too long and large in circumference for squirrels to navigate. It will hold 5 pounds of seed that is only accessible from the ports around the perch ring. The clear polycarbonate helps you keep track of seed levels. A heavy, snug fitting cap sits firmly in place atop the feeder and can only be lifted by humans, not squirrels. The Yankee Flipper’s metal parts are powder coated in a lovely forest green that will resist chipping and fading. Hanging is a cinch with the sturdy stainless steel looped hanging wire. The feeder body is backed by Droll Yankees Lifetime Warranty against squirrel damage, as well as a Limited Warranty on the electronic components.

Click here for the Yankee Flipper instruction manual.

Feeding Sunflower Seeds: A favorite of almost every backyard feeder bird. They have easy to crack, thin shells and can be offered in a wide variety of feeder types, like platform, tube, and hopper feeders. These seeds also have a high fat content that is perfect for giving birds energy all year long, especially in winter.

Birds that use this feeder: Cardinals, Chickadees, Finches, Flickers, Goldfinches, Grackles, Grosbeaks, Jays, Juncos, Kinglets, Nuthatches, Redpolls, Siskins, Sparrows, Starlings, Titmice, Towhees, Woodpeckers and Wrens

Feeding wild birds is one of the best ways to impact the world around you. The simple act of putting out a bird feeder and keeping it clean and full can greatly improve the chances that birds and their offspring will survive. Many backyard bird watchers believe that birds only benefit from feeders during certain times of the year. However, birds actually have a year-round need for reliable, steady food sources.

Please! For the sake of the birds, keep your feeder clean! Dirty feeders spread disease. Soak all parts in a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water. Use a Droll Yankees Bird Feeder Brush to brush away grime inside the tube.


Dimensions 8.5 x 8.5 x 28.5 in
Manufacturer Warranty

Lifetime Warranty on feeder; 1 year Limited Warranty on electronics

Seed or feed options

Sunflower seed, mixed seed, peanut chunks, safflower seed, sunflower kernels and cracked corn


UV-stabilized polycarbonate, stainless steel bail wire and electronics


5 lbs. of seed, 4 ports


Must be hung

17 reviews for Yankee Flipper Bird Feeder (YF)

  1. Rated 4 out of 5


    Love it. It really keeps the squirels off. But the battery needs replacing every few years and it gets costly. Tube cracks in the winter. Other than that it is the perfect squirrel proof feeder. It is entertains as it spins the squirrels off.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is the only true “squirrel proof” feeder. It seems like once an unsuspecting squirrel got the ride, word spread and they leave it alone. We have had ours for about 8+ years and still have the original battery and its survived Michigan winters. One or maybe 2 charges over the winter keeps those furry rodents at bay. Worth every penny.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Excellent value
    Saves on birdseed
    Great warranty
    Fun to watch squirrels try to hold on or fly off…wish I had a video

  4. Rated 3 out of 5


    Well, this feeder is really great for its entertainment value, but I have a few problems with it–one, when the squirrels get spinning, the food goes flying everywhere. I’m pretty sure our squirrels have decided it’s worth it to go for a ride because they can just collect the seeds off the ground when they are done. We have several determined squirrels who will jump on 2 or 3 times in a row, start it spinning and drop off to collect their winnings. Two, we originally had the feeder hanging next to a post, and after only one day, the squirrels figured out how to hang on to the post and tap the feeder with their foot to spin it enough to spill the food out. Clever rodents! I wish there was some sort of basin or maybe a little lip at the bottom of the openings that would make it harder for the food to spill out when the feeder spins a squirrel around. Our squirrels are so persistent (and fat!) that we’ve had to recharge the battery (which takes 24 hours) about once every other week, and having a second battery is a little cost-prohibitive, so we always have to go a day without it working. However, it is always exciting to keep an eye on it and watch what happens when the squirrels approach!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Garner

    This feeder is fantastic!!! The squirrels will try it one time and never again. It seems like each one has to give it a go but w/o any success. When it spins some of the seed comes with it; however it is not very much and does not happen often. We have had ours for several years and it has held up through many seasons like a champ. We liked the first one so much that we got a second one a few months later.
    We live in a densely wooded area and all kinds of critters have tried unsuccessfully to steal the birds seed but the end result is the same.
    It holds a lot of seed and has paid for itself in seed alone and the entertainment value when a new squirrel tries to feed is priceless.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve Magyar

    The feeder works great most of the time, keeping the squirrels away. Recently, there has been one particular squirrel that has learned how to beat the system. It will slide down one side of the feeder and hang on to one side so that the feeder swings while it spins. This tends to cause more seed to come out. I am sure that this a learning process because I watched the same squirrel do this again and again. Initially it hung underneath, distributing weight evenly, but on further attempts it learned to unbalance the ride to get more seed. So far it hasn’t taught it’s friends how to do it so it “earns” what it gets.

  7. Rated 4 out of 5

    benson sundheim

    Excellent against squirrels – But sparrows spill about half of the seeds onto the ground/deck below and the squirrels, pigeons etc. call all their friends.

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    Erland Chau

    updated review for Yankee Tipper (YCPT-360). I have noticed for a week, that with the exception of my black birds (size of Cardinals) my smaller birds (ex finches) are not feeding from it. I guess I will have to wait and see. NO squirrel problems!!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jill Suttenberg

    Love this feeder. I’ve been using it for years. And, yes, squirrels are smart. The first year, the squirrels went flying. After that, they wouldn’t go near it except to try to take the top off – which they couldn’t. But a few years ago, a squirrel figured out how to reach from the tree and reach the feeder, so the squirrels rear paws were on the tree and the front paws would be on the perch – tilting it, but preventing it from spinning, eventually breaking that mechanism. Had to buy a replacement battery because that’s where the “spin sensor” is.

    Yes, I wish there was a catch basin below the perch so that even when the birds knock food out, it doesn’t go all over the ground for the squirrels (who try to attack the birds at times.)

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mary Murray

    I’v had a “flipper” for almost three years. I love it, and so do the birds, but not the squirrels. They have learned to wait on the ground for any seed that drops. I’v saved a lot of money on bird seed, and I only recharge the battery twice a year.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carol Marsh

    I have a herd of squirrels the size of a medium cat. It was nothing for them to go through 3 galls on seeds per day. My lil birds couldn’t get a lot of food and the cost of trying to keep up was prohibitive. This feeder is worth every single cent. Not only has it provided immense enjoyment, the squirrels do not get the seed. I am going to buy a second one .

  12. Rated 2 out of 5


    Good for deterring squirrels but none of my mid size birds (ex: cardinals) will eat from it. The space between the openings and bar is much too small for our birds.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stuart Smith

    I have had a Yankee Flipper for about 10 years. I just this year had to order a new power stick for it. It is more expensive than other feeders, but what I save on bird seed more than paid for the initial price. The large seed capacity is also a plus. This is by far the best feeder I have ever had.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5


    I have had mine between 10/15 years with replacing the entire mechanical portion once with the newer model due to the old one stopped charging. Thank you Yankee Flipper… they replaced it for free!!! Now it’s time for either a new battery or power stick. Not sure until I talk to them tomorrow.
    I love this feeder. I have read that some are disappointed that when the squirrels spins it releases too much seed. Well I would rather lose that small portion of seed than the dang squirrels sitting there filling their bellies and the birds get nothing!!! I only use sunflower seeds; there is too much waste with the wild bird seed. It seems that all the birds prefer the sunflower and leave the wild seeds.

  15. Rated 4 out of 5


    This is the feeder you Want the squirrels to try. I had one fly around six times at the end of its little arms, body straight out like Superman, before it let go. Fun to watch, and the squirrels don’t get hurt. (Just surprised!)

  16. Rated 5 out of 5


    I have yet to see this in action in my yard, but several others have seen it twirl a squirrel off, and I can always tell when the battery needs charging because the seed level drops abruptly, when otherwise it lasts a while, clearly indicating it is working to feed *just* the birds and not the squirrels. Love it, highly recommended.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Al Hanes

    I love this feeder. It really keeps the squirels off. Have seen them go for a ride twice, (a red and a grey) I have had mine between 10/15 years with replacing the entire mechanical portion once with the newer model due to the old one stopped charging. Thank you Yankee Flipper… they replaced it for free!!! I only use sunflower seeds. This is by far the best feeder I have ever had. (15 years at least)
    Brockville, Ontario, Canada

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