Yankee Whipper Bird Feeder (YCPW-180)


Yankee Whipper Bird Feeder (YCPW-180)

Rated 4.20 out of 5 based on 15 customer ratings
(15 customer reviews)



Keep squirrels away from your bird feeder and save seed! The 5 pound capacity Droll Yankees Yankee Whipper Bird Feeder is a weight sensitive collapsing curved perch feeder that supports birds and not squirrels. It allows the birds to eat and saves seed by keeping squirrels away.

  • The Whipper features four seed ports with individual weight sensitive perches
  • Curved perch design encourages cardinals and small songbirds to eat, but prevents squirrels from feeding.
  • Each perch is individually sprung and calibrated to collapse when approximately 2 oz. or more rests on the perch
  • Length and girth of the feeder are specific to repelling squirrels. The heavy metal cap is constructed to prevent squirrels from raising the cap and reaching the seed inside.
  • An internal baffle design delivers the seed to the ports.
  • The 4-3/4″ x 17″ clear feeder tube is made of UV stabilized polycarbonate for long lasting durability without yellowing.
  • The metal cap and feeder base are powder coated a stunning Evening Blue.
  • The Whipper hangs from a looped stainless steel wire that reduces motion that would spill seed. Add a Locking Chain to secure it against falls.
  • Components made in the U.S A. and in Taiwan
  • Lifetime Warranty against squirrel damage

Hungry birds will adapt as best they can to the conditions in order to survive and larger birds will sometimes hang onto the collapsed perch and continue to feed. It is uncomfortable for them and difficult so it discourages them but might not be the ultimate preventative.

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

The Yankee Whipper Bird Feeder has four specially calibrated curved perches that allow birds of all sizes to feed, but collapse under the weight of a squirrel. 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 four perches. 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 Whipper’s metal parts are powder coated in a lovely evening blue that will resist chipping and fading. Hanging is a cinch with the sturdy stainless steel looped hanging wire. Backed by Droll Yankees Lifetime Warranty against squirrel damage.

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.

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 9.5 x 9.5 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, mixed seed, peanut chunks, safflower seed, sunflower kernels and cracked corn

Manufacturer Warranty

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

15 reviews for Yankee Whipper Bird Feeder (YCPW-180)

  1. Rated 2 out of 5


    Not squirrel proof. You have to squirrel proof your set up with a baffle or similar. Otherwise they will empty it….fast. On the plus side, it does hold a lot of seed. Two stars for high price and unrealistic advertising.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    The placement of the feeder is a major key to ots success. So far the squirrels are baffled by this feeders design.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5


    Squirrels are not able to reach seeds, but larger birds (e.g. mourning doves) have learned to “hold on” while the perches sag, then they reach up into the feed slots. A flock of doves can do some damage in a day!

  4. Rated 2 out of 5


    I have had this feeder for a number of years. We suspended it over the deck and have been success against squirrels until now. A smart one has figured out how to hang across the feeder 🙁
    Any ideas what to do next?

    • Christen Brewer

      Squirrels are so clever and relentless and it seems sometimes that are smarter than most other animals. One of the biggest challenges to feeding wild birds as well as 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 fight this fight.

      The key to keeping a feeder squirrel-proof successful is the placement. We advise that a bird feeder should be placed 4 feet from the ground and 8 feet from anything a squirrel can jump from. If you are using a hook or pole we recommend the hook have at least a 16” distance from the pole.

      You could also consider removing the feeder for a day or two and try to “re-set” the squirrel’s determination. If you continue to have problems, please email us at drollbird@drollyankees.com

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Martha Hitch

    I was gifted this feeder by some friends who had moved to Florida where they no longer had use for it. I live in Ontario Canada amongst many varieties of birds and SQUIRRELS! So far so good…Even the vicious canniving “alpha” red squirrel has not outfoxed this feeder! Thank you for inventing it! I use many types of seed mixes, and although there is spillage, the ground feeders are VERY happy too!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matthew Gang

    I’ve had this feeder for 6 years. No squirrel problems. I don’t remember paying $115 though. That sounds like a lot more than a cheap guy like myself would have paid. But I have had it for 6 years with zero problems. Easy to clean to.

  7. Rated 3 out of 5


    3+ if that were an option. As stated by others, placement is key, and squirrels are relentless! I have found that if I also put out a cheaper feeder that is easier for squirrels to eat from, then they leave this one alone. Squirrels can jump long distances and if they get to this feeder, they will just allow themselves to slip down the side and then catch the seed dispensing cup, hold on, and get what they want. Amazing for an animal with such a little bitty brain! The feeder does hold a good amount of seed but don’t believe it is “squirrel proof”. The squirrels have nothing better to do than make baby squirrels and figure out feeders!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    M. Hudson

    Wonderful feeder — best one yet — until the squirrel finally got it after 8 months — sent it flying off of the deck, three stories down; bent the top and hanging assembly badly. Can still be used, but looks… rough. Planning to get another one and securing it better!

  9. Rated 4 out of 5


    Stops the squirrels, and has probably paid for itself in a couple of years with the seed we’ve saved. Small birds love it. Bluejays and cardinals, not so much — they weigh too much and can’t get more than a seed or two 🙁 We’d love a way to adjust the spring!

  10. Rated 4 out of 5


    We have a half-dozen Droll Yankees feeders, different models including this “Whipper,” and we recommend them all. However, other reviewers are correct: the solution to squirrel problems is placement. There are no “squirrel-proof” feeders. Those little guys would hang onto this Whipper model and feed upside down until we found an optimal spot to locate it. They are persistent (which is the only adjective I can think of in polite company!)

  11. Rated 5 out of 5


    I have two of these Whipper feeders. I have had them for many years. I hung them, one on each end, of a second story deck. The squirrels are able to get to the feeders but have never been able to get into them. Because the feeders are so high, squirrels can’t get to the perches. I am amazed at the variety of birds that feed from these. I have seen a large variety of small song birds. Cardinals are regular visitors. Blue Jays, wood peckers (red-bellied and downy), and even black birds (red-winged and Brewer’s) are all able to feed from these. I LOVE these feeders.

  12. Rated 4 out of 5

    Valerie O’Brien

    I love this feeder except for one thing; because of its design there is no way to hang a tray under it, so my deck is always covered in bird seed.
    It does keep 99% of the squirrels off, but I have had one squirrel in the past 4 years who was clever enough to figure out how to distribute his weight across two of the posts. He would lounge there on his side like a Roman senator and stuff himself with sunflower seeds.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lauren Hogan

    I’ve had this feeder for at least five years and after the first few weeks, my squirrels gave up trying! The feeder is sturdy and heavyweight. Worth the money!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eileen Podracky

    I was given the Yankee Whipper Bird Feeder as a gift. And what a gift! I have had other bird feeders, all of which fed the squirrels as much as the birds. Besides being a great feeder, I am very impressed with the company itself. Recently, I noticed that one of the perches was hanging down. I easily removed the whipper, and discovered that a small spring inside the unit had broken. Could not find that spring anywhere, including the internet. I then decided to call the company itself. The representative was great. I told her what happened, and she mailed me four springs at no charge. Arrived a week later, took about 30 seconds to replace the spring, and now my bird feeder is once again fully functional.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Howard Brooks

    We have owned the “whipper” feeder for some time. It is mostly squirrel proof. Recently the plastic tube containing the seeds cracked from the weather. I just called the company and they are sending me a new tube under warranty, no charge. Excellent customer service. Thanks, Sandy!

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