Yankee Tipper Bird Feeder (YCPT-360)


Yankee Tipper Bird Feeder (YCPT-360)

Rated 4.33 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings
(12 customer reviews)



Save money on seed with a squirrel-proof Yankee Tipper Bird Feeder!

  • The Yankee Tipper’s 9″ diameter weight-sensitive feeding tray attracts ground feeding birds, but tips under the weight of a grey squirrel
  • Can hold the weight of up to four cardinals (about 8 oz.)
  • The large tray also collects fallen seed and serves as a platform that allows multiple birds to feed simultaneously from the four seed ports.
  • The heavy metal cap fits snugly on the tube to prevent squirrels from lifting it to reach the seed.
  • The Tipper looks stunning in any yard, with a metal top and base powder coated in Midnight Black
  • The 4-3/4″ x 17″ 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.
  • Hang the Tipper securely from its heavy duty signature looped stainless steel wire, which reduces motion.
  • Components made in the U.S.A. and in Taiwan
  • Lifetime Warranty against squirrel damage

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

The Tipper has a 10″ weight sensitive feeding tray that collapses under the weight of squirrels and saves your bird seed. The feeder is comprised of a 17″ long clear, UV stabilized tube and heavy duty metal components that hold up to the elements and resist squirrel damage. The 5 pound capacity feed tube is protected on top by the tightly fitting metal cap that cannot be lifted by invasive squirrels.  The cap and base are powder coated in a striking Midnight Black that compliments any backyard and will not chip or fade with use.  Backed by Droll Yankees Lifetime Warranty against squirrel damage.

Birds that use this feeder: Bluebirds, Cardinals, Chickadees, Finches, Goldfinches, Grosbeaks, Juncos, Kinglets, Nuthatches, Redpolls, Siskins, Sparrows, Tanagers, Thrushes, Titmice, Towhees, Warblers, Waxwings, 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.

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.

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 9 x 9 x 28.5 in

Must be hung


5 lbs. of seed, 4 ports


UV-stabilized polycarbonate, stainless steel bail wire and powder coated metal

Seed or feed options

Sunflower seed works best. Mixed seed, peanut chunks, safflower seed, sunflower kernels and cracked corn

Manufacturer Warranty

Lifetime Warranty against squirrel damage to feeder body, 1 year Limited Warranty on collapsible tray mechanism

12 reviews for Yankee Tipper Bird Feeder (YCPT-360)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    tom Wolves

    Awesome Bird feeder that last and last. We have two of them, what is nice you can replace the parts instead of throwing the feeder away and buying a new one.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stan Jaworski

    I have had my Yankee Tipper for 10 or 15 years and have not had any problems with it. About every 5 years I take it down and clean it, It is weather proof, your seed will not get damp. I use hulled sunflower seed in mine and have had about every bird in North America eat at my place. I am going to need a new tube someday mine is getting a little yellow from the sun which is to be expected. I have only seen 1 squirrel try to attack my feeder and he lost his balance on the flipper thinking it was fixed. I guess word got around in the squirrel community as they leave my feeder alone. This is a great feeder it is well designed and made of good hardware.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Erland Chau

    Recently purchased the “Tipper” because of several squirrel attacks on one of my standard bird feeder. Can’t wait to see it in action. I purchased this feeder because of its quality material and very large seed capacity. Very easy to assemble.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sister Janet

    I love this feeder! I had bought some other Droll Yankee Suirrel proof feeders but noticed cardinals never came. A wise birder friend told me they need to eat on a try. The squirrels were devouring my seed as soon as I put it out on trays. This has been wonderful. The cardinals love it and it is hilarious to see squirrels try to eat from it. Love it!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    Love this bird feeder. The top is very scratched from the squirrels trying to pry it open. And they stand on the rail and try to get on it from the bottom. But they can’t. However, one squirrel accidentally slid down it once and figured out that a few seeds landed on the deck rail. I watched him repeat this a half dozen times. The few seeds were well worth the show.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    Is everything it is advertised to be. Tree rats learn so fast that I simply noticed that there were no more on the deck from which it was hanging and wondered where they went. One or two strangers did come into our yard and would study the Tipper for a while then leave. Loved the one try to wrap his tail around the top of the hanger only to discover that he was a few inches too short to reach the tube holes. Enjoyed my friends Yankee Flipper almost as much but there too the squirrels simply stopped coming. If I could only figure our how to put an electric fence around the area to keep our the raccoons I would be set. They just tear it off the stand and eat on the ground!! A few years before one did enough damage that I had to buy a new tube which is an indicator of how sturdy these are.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5


    Currently own 2 of them .! 10 years and counting .!! Don’t let the price scare you .! You will save money in the quality and the fact that you will never have to worry about squirrels eating all your feed .!!!

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ken Lundy

    We have 2 Droll Yankee feeders (Yankee Tipper and a Yankee Whipper) and are very happy with them.
    (Most of the time.)
    They hang very high by stainless steel cables from tree branch mounted pulleys.
    They are very, but not always, squirrel proof.
    Every once in a while, a “smart” squirrel will shimmy down the cable and then slide down the cylinder and grab onto one of the four seed ports. Most squirrels miss the seed port and slide right on by.
    When I see a “smart” one show up it usually drops off the feeder when I tap on the window.
    Doesn’t happen every day….maybe 3 times per week.

    Also…the feeders are NOT bear proof. That’s why I bring them in at night.

    • Droll Yankees

      Hello Ken,
      Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees. I am sorry that you’re having difficulties at deterring squirrels from your feeders. Squirrels are so clever and relentless and it seems sometimes that they’re smarter than most other animals. One of the biggest challenges to feeding wild birds—our own challenge too—is deterring squirrels. We work on a daily basis to create quality products and cultivate good advice that will help us all win this fight.

      I can completely sympathize with your squirrel frustration. My goal is to help restore your faith in our products by offering you some squirrel-proof advice. The key to successfully keeping a feeder squirrel-proof is its placement. Squirrels are agile and are able to jump up to 8ft horizontally and 4ft vertically. For this reason, we recommend that feeders be placed 8ft away from any structures that they can climb on, so that they do not reach across to access the feeding holes. It can be helpful to trim back and prune any nearby bushes or branches within 12ft of a feeder. We also recommend that feeders be placed higher than 4ft off the ground, preventing the squirrels from jumping and grabbing onto the bottom. If you are using a hook or pole, we recommend that the hook have at least a 16in distance from the pole. Placing a baffle on the pole will also help to ensure squirrel-proofing success. If you make sure to properly place any of our squirrel-proof feeders, I am confident that you will start having success in deterring the squirrels.

      Having bears at your feeders can ultimately be dangerous if not addressed before the bears become accustomed to a regular meal. I like to refer to this article (http://birding.about.com/od/Care/a/Protect-Bird-Feeders-From-Bears.htm) when addressing this topic. I would recommend reading that article to see if there is a way to help your particular issue. Some highlights from the article are:

      Mount Feeders Properly: Bears will climb poles to reach feeders or may lean on poles to knock feeders down. A sturdy metal pole with the feeder 10-12 feet high is best to discourage bears, but the pole should be secure enough in the ground that it cannot be knocked over or easily uprooted.

      Alternative Foods: Bears are most attracted to suet and seed feeders, but will also sip at leaking nectar feeders or tray feeders where fruit is offered. Instead of offering these treats to backyard birds, offer bitter-tasting safflower seed or Nyjer® and plant natural sources of food such as seed-bearing flowers, berry-producing bushes or flowers for hummingbirds.

      Eliminate Other Foods: Bears wandering into backyards for birdseed may find other easy foods that tempt them to stay. Remove outdoor pet foods, keep trash secure, tend compost piles properly to eliminate odors and speed decomposition, and keep barbecue grills clean so there are no other smells or foods that could lure bears.

      Lights On: Install motion sensor-operated lights of the highest safe wattage aimed at the bird feeders. Bears will trigger the lights when they approach and will not like the disruption to their vision. Most bears will then head for darker areas away from the feeders where they feel more secure.

      If you have any additional questions or concerns, please call our Customer Service Department 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 hope this helps you get back to feeding birds and thwarting squirrels!

  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    Chris Kamburis

    After several years my aggessive squirrels finally got the best of my Yankee Tipper. They are very adept at jumping from the tree and latching on to one of the openings that the birds feed from. They finally broke the spring inside of it. Hopefully I can find the replacement part that has the sprint and the tray together. Otherwise, it has been great.

    • Droll Yankees

      Hello Chris,
      Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees. We can send you replacement springs at no charge under the Lifetime Warranty against squirrel damage (For more warranty information, please visit our website with this link: http://drollyankees.com/lifetime-warranty/ ). Please send an email to drollbird@drollyankees.com with your Full Name, Address, and Phone Number for shipping purposes, and we will place the order for you!
      If you have any additional questions or concerns, please call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-352-9164 and any one of our Customer Service Reps will be happy to assist you. Our hours are 7:30 am – 4:30 pm Mon-Thurs & 7:30 am – 2 pm Fri (EST). We look forward to getting you back to feeding the birds and thwarting the squirrels!

  10. Rated 1 out of 5

    laurie delashmit

    Dont like this bird feeder at all. I have replaced the bottom tipper plate twice and gave up. I wont buy this model again unless they change the idea. However I have enjoyed having the other metal cage squirrel flipper and it has held up to all the damage a squirrel could do. They have chewed on it when the battery went dead but could not get into it. My other feeders before this brand they completely destroyed. I had to totally replace my old ones. I would definitely get another feeder and am looking into another one as we speak. I like to get at least some of my value for the buck. Thanks Yankee bird feeders I wish you would replace the plastic with glass. It would be more beautiful and it wont crack.

    • Droll Yankees

      Hello Laurie,
      Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees and taking the time to offer your suggestions on how we might make our Yankee Tipper better. I will forward your email over to our Product Development Team. We are always looking for ways to improve our products. We do, however, receive many suggestions that we cannot fulfill due to a variety of factors involved when considering a change. Unfortunately, we need to balance the economic consequences with any design or functional changes, no matter how much we’d rather follow our passions.

      Thanks again for your message. The ideas and suggestions of innovative, thinking people are always welcome. If you have any additional suggestions, questions, or concerns, please call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-352-9164 and any one of our Customer Service Reps will be happy to assist you. Our hours are 7:30 am – 4:30 pm Mon-Thurs & 7:30 am – 2 pm Fri (EST).

  11. Rated 3 out of 5

    Stephen Artman

    We had a exceptionally wet weather this year. I use sunflower hearts in this feeder and it got dirty very quickly. That was OK however I have had it for roughly a year and the cable broke today that holds the base together. Cable looks very flimsy. I also have the feeder with the rotating perch it works great, had it for at least 5 years.

    • Droll Yankees

      Hello Stephen,
      Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees. We’re sorry to hear your Tipper cable assembly broke! You can purchase a new one here.

      Keeping your feeders clean is a very important part of bird feeding. Bacteria and disease are spread through bird droppings on feeders, as well as from seed and hulls below the feeder. Damp feed and debris can cultivate a fungus. We recommend disinfecting your feeders once a month in winter and more often in hot and humid weather. Our Bird Feeder Brush (BFB) makes cleaning easy. Do not use harsh chemicals, as they can be harmful to the birds and the environment. Do not put your feeder in the dishwasher, as the high temperatures can permanently damage the feeder parts.

      First, let the birds empty the feeder as far as they can. Shake out any remaining seeds and chaff. Wash all polycarbonate (plastic) parts in a 50/50 solution of hot water and white vinegar, rinse thoroughly. Remove all the hardware and clean with a mild soap & water solution, rinse thoroughly. Refill when completely dry.

      Throw out any wet or moldy food and disinfect any containers or scoops used to handle it. If you notice that the seed in the feeder is not being eaten, check to see if it has become moldy or wet from rain.

      Make sure to rake, shovel, or shop vac seed debris from beneath feeders on a regular basis to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria and to deter rodents.

      If you have any questions or concerns, please call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-352-9164 and any one of our Customer Service Reps will be happy to assist you. Our hours are 7:30 am – 4:30 pm Mon-Thurs & 7:30 am – 2 pm Fri (EST). Thank you for flying with our flock, and happy birding!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Timothy Davis

    We have had two of these feeders for quite some time now. Yes, they were expensive but they are the best we’ve ever had. Customer service is incredibly good. This company makes a quality product that they stand behind.

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