Yankee Whipper® Bird Feeder (YCPW-180)

$132.99

Yankee Whipper® Bird Feeder (YCPW-180)

Rated 3.83 out of 5 based on 29 customer ratings
(29 customer reviews)

$132.99

SKU: YCPW-180

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.

 

Click here for the Yankee Whipper instruction manual.

 

Yankee Whipper replacement parts:

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
Mounting

Must be hung

Capacity

5 lbs. of seed, 4 ports

Construction

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

Would this keep out a chipmunk?

Chipmunks weigh less than squirrels, and since the Yankee Whipper is designed to thwart squirrels, sometimes the not-as-heavy chipmunks can access the feeder without activating the collapsable perches.

To deter chipmunks from accessing the Yankee Whipper, I would recommend a squirrel baffle, either hanging or pole-mounted. This may discourage chipmunks, as the squirrel baffle blocks them from climbing all the way up the pole.

Do you have a seed tray that attaches to the Whipper Bird Feeder?

Unfortunately, none of our seed trays are compatible with our Yankee Family items (the squirrels would be able to climb on the tray and this would likely obstruct the squirrel-proof features).

Are you using a mixed seed in your Yankee Whipper? If so, the smaller seeds such as milo or millet could be coming out of the feeder due to their size and the gyration of the Whipper perches, which could be making them fall out of the feeder more easily. We would recommend using exclusively black-oil sunflower seeds, as they stay inside the unit much better.

29 reviews for Yankee Whipper® Bird Feeder (YCPW-180)

  1. Rated 2 out of 5

    Brian

    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

    Ten

    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

    Bill

    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

    CA

    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

    Bonnie

    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

    Mike

    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!

    • Droll Yankees

      Hello Mike,
      Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees. We have developed springs with 75% tension, so that it takes less weight to activate the collapsing-perch mechanism, which is pre-calibrated for the heavier weight of the squirrels. With the reduced tension, you should have more success deterring starlings, grackles, and other “nuisance” birds. Please email drollbird@drollyankees.com with your Full Name, Address, and Phone Number for shipping purposes, and our Customer Service Department will place the order for a set of 75% tension springs, at no charge! We’ll also send along the installation instructions. 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 get you back to feeding the birds!

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jim

    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

    Alice

    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

    Chris

    I own 2 of these and for the most part love them. Love the large capacity and ease of filling and cleaning them. Every once in a while a clever squirrel will figure out how to hang onto the feeder ports and eat from the feeder, but not too often. I would’ve given 5 stars if there was a way to adjust the springs because grackles and starlings can perch on the arms and eat. I would like to deter these guys!

    • Droll Yankees

      Hello Chris,
      Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees. We have developed springs with 75% tension, so that it takes less weight to activate the collapsing-perch mechanism, which is pre-calibrated for the heavier weight of the squirrels. With the reduced tension, you should have more success deterring starlings, grackles, and other “nuisance” birds. Please email drollbird@drollyankees.com with your Full Name, Address, and Phone Number for shipping purposes, and we will place the order for a set of 75% tension springs at no charge! We’ll also send along the installation instructions.
      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!

  13. 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.

    • Droll Yankees

      Hello Valerie,
      Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees. Unfortunately, none of our seed trays are compatible with the Yankee Whipper (the squirrels would be able to climb on the tray and this would likely obstruct the squirrel-proof features of the Whipper).

      Are you using a mixed seed in your Yankee Whipper? If so, the smaller seeds such as milo or millet could be coming out of the feeder due to their size and the movement of the perches deflecting squirrels, which could be making them fall out of the feeder more easily. We would recommend using exclusively black-oil sunflower seeds, as they stay inside the unit much better.

      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). Thank you for flying with our flock, and we wish you all the best in birding!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Geoff Cutten

    I had the same problem with squirrels coming down from the top and hanging on by the back feet, stretching and reaching the seed. I bought a metal mixing bowl at the dollar store and cut a slot in the top to place the hanger of the bird feeder through so that it moves if touched by the squirrels. It works great. I use safflower seed to repel the grackles. Now only if I could do something to stop the mourning doves from emptying the feeder in a day or two! I tried fixing the dove barrier sold at the nature store but this only works on a fixed platform. I am still trying different methods but to be out witted by a dove is humiliating at best. Any ideas for this Droll Yankee feeder?

    • Droll Yankees

      Hello Geoff,
      Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees. We recommend cleaning up the seeds on the ground beneath your feeder daily to deter mourning doves from coming to the area. Leaving feeders empty for at least one week may discourage mourning doves without harming other birds.

      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. I hope this is helpful!

  15. 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!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This feeder is great! I’ve been using for a number of years effectively. Placement to guard against squirrels is important. Last year we had a squirrel who was smart enough to get around the safeguards we had in place. We ended up putting metal spikes used to keep birds off windowsills on the birdfeeder brace we have. So far the spikes have worked well. But I am looking for a replacement for the base. Two of the four perches are hanging straight down. They could be glued into place but then larger birds would have a strong enough perch to land and feed. Don’t see replacement bases on the website. Any idea where just the base can be purchased?

    • Droll Yankees

      Hi Christine,
      Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees. You can purchase the Yankee Whipper Replacement Perch Assembly here.
      We look forward to helping you get back to feeding the birds, and thank you for flying with our flock!

  17. Rated 1 out of 5

    Pascale

    Not squirrel proof! They figured out how to put their paws into the holes and empty out the feeder. It’s not worth the price.

    • Droll Yankees

      Hello Pascale,
      Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees. I am sorry that you’re having no success at all 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. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. Rated 1 out of 5

    Sharon Beach

    We were given a Whipper feeder as gift. The squirrels wasted no time cleaning it out. They attach three feet to three of the feeder holes and eat contentedly out of the fourth hole. Yes, placement is critical – suspended from a wire away from any trees and 6 feet off the ground. But if you have to do that just buy a regular feeder, not one for $100.00!

    • Droll Yankees

      Hello Sharon,
      Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees and expressing your concerns to us. We set our MSRP and hold it in order to support our retailers and dealers, with whom we do not compete by price-matching or undercutting practices. While we appreciate your reluctance to pay full price, unfortunately we cannot accommodate your request, but we are certain that you will be able to locate the item elsewhere at a discounted rate from one of our many fine retailers and dealers. 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).

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Geri Weaver

    I have had 2 Yankee whipper bird feeders for around 5 years. My problem has been trying to keep them clean, What is the best product to use,especially for the plastic and feeding area? I am a 79 year old senior who enjoys watching the cardinals and all the other birds go to the feeders. Squirrels do also, but I’m giving up as to how to deter them. I went to Alsip Nursery in Frankfort to see if I could replace the 2 I have, but I cannot handle the increase in price. So, what is the BEST WAY to clean my OLD BUT STILL FUNCTIONING Yankee feeders ?

    • Droll Yankees

      Hello Geri,
      Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees. 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.

      Overcrowding at feeders is a key factor in spreading disease. Provide additional feeders to counteract this effect.

      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!

  21. 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!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dan

    I have owned the CP-180 (previous model?), for about a decade. After 1-2 years, the plastic began to yellow and cracked. Droll Yankee immediately sent me a new plastic piece new screws to mount it (the old one were rusted–new ones are still perfect). No problem since then, no rust, no discoloration, functions perfectly. I just noticed some of the blue enamel/paint coming off on the base and, per their recommendations, used a little Rust-Oleum to touch it up. Good as new. Outstanding company. This is what “Made in America” should be about.

    As for the anti-squirrel aspect, it has always worked fine for me–even with the feeder too close to a railing. They will try, occasionally get a few bites, then fall or scramble back to safety. Amusing. My only complaint is that swarms of air mice (finches?) swarm the feeder in the summer but I switched seed to help keep them away. (Obviously, nothing to do with the quality of the feeder…just disgusted by those insatiable little creatures!)

  23. Rated 2 out of 5

    John Capawana

    Very expensive squirrel feeder. Birds do get to eat also.
    I know when a bird is at the feeder then leaves because you can hear the perches flap back into place. The squirrels on the other hand hang on by a toenail and chew the hell out of the feeder. I go through a 40 pound bag of sunflower seed in no time flat.

    • Droll Yankees

      Hello John,

      Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees. We’re sorry to hear you are dissatisfied with your Yankee Whipper. Depending on the damage caused by the squirrels, this may be covered by our warranty.

      The Droll Yankees Lifetime Warranty against squirrel damage covers damage directly done by squirrels, e.g. chews to the feeder that make the feeder unusable due to the damage. It also covers defective parts, which are defects or flaws that inhibit the correct use of the feeder. The warranty applies to the original purchaser for as long as they own the feeder. The Lifetime Warranty doesn’t cover cosmetic damage that doesn’t compromise the effectiveness of the feeder (scraped or peeling paint, scratches or yellowing to the tube, etc.), even if the scratching or scraping is caused by squirrels. Entire feeders are not replaced. Only individual defective parts and squirrel-damaged parts.

      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). We look forward to helping you get back to feeding the birds!

  24. Rated 3 out of 5

    Valerie Campbell

    I am excited to say this feeder does work to keep the squirrels away. However, my birds are staying away as well. We can’t figure out why. The person that recommended this feeder is baffled as well. We put it in the exact same place as the previous feeder and only the very small birds will perch but not often. I filled it up 3 weeks ago and it is still half full.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • Droll Yankees

      Hello Valerie,
      Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees. We are very sorry that you are not seeing birds on your new feeder. Birds are creatures of habit, and it can take them days or even weeks to use a new 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 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 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 the feeder soon, and please keep us updated! 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).

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lynn Maybury

    I have had this feeder several years and it’s my go to winter feeder for sunflower. No squirrel problem. However, it has to come down in spring and summer when the grackles return. They just hold on to the perches and clean out feeder. I have to put up a caged feeder to the exclusion of cardinals. I’ve tried other weighted feeders and same issue. They are smart birds. If Droll Yankee can add an accessory to this feeder to exclude these large birds this would be awesome.

    • Droll Yankees

      Hello Lynn,
      Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees and taking the time to offer your suggestions on how we might make our Yankee Whipper 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.

      We do, however, make the Yankee Dipper, which is sized for smaller birds and keeps larger bully birds off. I believe this feeder may be better suited for you.

      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).

  26. Rated 2 out of 5

    Sonja Beach

    I give this feeder 2 stars for holding up well … except for the top. I’ve had it for a few years and the wire wants to come out the cap when I open it to fill it. In addition, it certainly isn’t squirrel-proof. Mine is on a shepherd’s hook, about 4 feet off the ground. It hangs pretty far out from the hook, but to be on the safe side, I jerry-rigged a baffle on the hook, below the bottom of the feeder. The baffle tips when disturbed so that a squirrel could not use it to stand on without sliding or falling off of it. I thought it was a clever idea on my part, but unfortunately, the feeder hangs so far out from the baffle (per Droll Yankee instructions) that the baffle isn’t underneath the feeder enough, and the squirrels jump up and cling to the feeder ports. Bye-bye, expensive sunflower meats. The perches also do nothing to deter heavier birds like grackles and woodpeckers. They just keep clinging to the sagging perches and eat to their hearts’ content. I wish the feeder could mount from the bottom to a pole instead of having to hang; it would be much easier to use a baffle that way. A cage is the only way I can think of to make this feeder more squirrel-proof, but the price of the cage is like adding insult to injury when I consider how much I paid for the feeder (a few years ago, mind you; it’s much more expensive now). I went to a local Wild Birds Unlimited, but their cages require a threaded hole on the bottom of the feeder, like you would screw onto a pole mount. Not gonna work for this Droll Yankee product. I’m out of ideas. I’m one squirrel away from replacing this with a smaller caged feeder. I have several of those and NO squirrel has raided them. Nice try, Droll Yankees, but this feeder is a squirrel buffet waiting to happen…and it’s happening no matter what I do.

    • Droll Yankees

      Hi Sonja,
      We are sorry to hear you are experiencing issues with your Cap and Bail Wire Assembly. You can purchase a new one here.
      I am sorry that you’re having no success at all deterring squirrels from your feeders. It sounds like the baffle may be allowing squirrels to access the feeder because it is shortening the distance from the ground to the feeder ports. We recommend removing the baffle to see if this remedies the issue.
      Unfortunately, this feeder is not designed to prevent larger birds from accessing the seed. We recommend the Yankee Dipper, which is sized for small songbirds.
      Thank you for taking the time to offer your suggestions on how we might make our Yankee Whipper better. Unfortunately, adding a pole-mounting option to our Yankee Family products would allow squirrels to access the ports.
      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. 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 the birds and thwarting squirrels!

  27. Rated 3 out of 5

    Jess

    I love the idea and look of this feeder, but I’m having a similar problem other reviewers have mentioned with squirrels scurrying over the long hook, sliding down the feeder itself and draping across the bottom. They hang there and eat everything within 2 days. The feeder is 4 ft off of the ground, and the hook we have is a few feet long, but not 8. Is there anyway to hang this from a tree and stop the squirrels before they get to the feeder itself?

    • Droll Yankees

      Hi Jess,

      Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees. I am sorry that you’re having no success at all 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. 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. 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!

  28. Rated 2 out of 5

    Donna Crossin

    3 out of my 4 perches are now broken on this feeder, and I’ve only had it for about a year. They are hanging upside down. Any feedback on how to fix them? I’m guessing this is from squirrels.

    • Droll Yankees

      Hi Donna,
      Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees. We are sorry to hear you are experiencing issues with the perches on your Yankee Whipper. It sounds like the perch springs may just need to be reattached to the perch assembly. Please click here for the instruction manual to the Yankee Whipper.
      I hope this information helps 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).

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jennie M McClain

    Just had the whipper for one week, but I am very pleased. The squirrels have been super aggressive this year and I got tired of chasing them off my other “squirrel proof” feeders continuously. It is so nice take a break from them. If it stays this successful, I will surely order another one.

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