Yankee Dipper® Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder (YCPD-90)


Yankee Dipper® Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder (YCPD-90)

Rated 4.13 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)



Prevent large birds and squirrels from eating all your bird seed! You save money on seed when you use a Yankee Dipper® Bird Feeder.

  • Weight-sensitive perches encourage smaller songbirds to eat while preventing squirrels from feeding
  • Perches are calibrated to collapse under approximately 2 oz. of weight
  • Heavy metal cap fits snugly on the tube to prevent squirrels from lifting it to reach the seed
  • Length and width of tube are designed to prevent squirrels from reaching the ports
  • With a large 5 lb. capacity, you don’t need to refill your feeder every day
  • Internal baffle design keeps seed flowing freely to the four ports
  • Metal cap and base are powder-coated in burgundy
  • Hang from the looped stainless steel wire which reduces motion
  • 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 Dipper instruction manual.


Yankee Dipper replacement parts:


Droll Yankees
This product is amazing and the customer service matches. The Dipper has successfully saved my bird food for the birds, [and] fought off pesky [squirrel] attacks repeatedly.

The ingenious Yankee Dipper® Bird Feeder is a member of the Yankee Family of squirrel-proof feeders from Droll Yankees.

The Yankee Dipper Bird Feeder has specially calibrated weight sensitive perches that collapse under the weight of a squirrel to save your bird seed. The 17″ long clear, UV stabilized feeder tube has a large 5 lb. seed capacity and the heavy duty metal components will hold up to the elements while resisting squirrel damage. The feeder 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 beautiful burgundy that compliments any backyard and will not chip or fade with use. Backed by the Droll Yankees Lifetime Warranty against squirrel damage.

Birds that use this feeder: Chickadees, Finches, Goldfinches, Juncos, Nuthatches, Redpolls, Siskins, Sparrows, Titmice, 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 SunflowerSeeds: 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 8.3 x 28 in
Manufacturer Warranty

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

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 powder coated metal


5 lbs. of seed, 4 ports


Must be hung

Prop 65 Warning

WARNING This product can expose you to chemicals including Bisphenol A (BPA), which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to http://www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

What seed trays are compatible with this feeder?

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

Are you using a mixed seed in your Yankee Dipper? 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 Dipper perches dropping, 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.

8 reviews for Yankee Dipper® Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder (YCPD-90)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    I have had one of these feeders years and never has a squirrel had a snack!!!

  2. Rated 3 out of 5

    Katherine Ezickson

    I have a New Generation (Blue) Yankee Dipper. It is in fact squirrel proof. I have it hanging from a pole off my deck railing and try as he might the squirrel can not get to the seed. Unfortunately, the same can not be said for the blue jays and large black birds. I thought when I bought it that it was designed for nothing larger than a cardinal. The large black birds chase the smaller song birds away and are eating the seed faster than I can fill it. I’m wondering if you have any suggestions.

    • Droll Yankees

      Hello Katherine,
      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 I’ll 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 am – 4:30 pm Mon-Fri (EST). We look forward to get you back to feeding the birds!

  3. Rated 2 out of 5

    Ronnie King

    The squirrels in our yard have learned to hang under the bottom of both the Yankee Dipper and the Yankee Tipper to eat from the bird feeder by holding on to the front and back while they eat. I was really hoping these bird feeders would solve our squirrel problem in feeding the birds

    • Droll Yankees

      Hello Ronnie,
      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!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    jim m

    love it, best bird feeder yet…. my only concern is the clogging after it rains at the outlets … not sure if I need to use a different kind of seed. I buy a higher end seed that is a mix of seeds for finches… any suggestions?
    regardless I highly recommend it.

    • Droll Yankees

      Hi Jim,
      Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees. We are sorry to hear you are experiencing issues with the ports clogging after it rains. We recommend cleaning your feeder after precipitation to prevent wet seed hulls from building up. You may also want to consider relocating your feeder to an area in your yard that gets coverage from precipitation, or purchasing a weather guard.
      I hope this information helps!

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    Mark Morgan

    We had an earlier generation of this feeder for many, many years. The cable/spring mechanism finally broken and the replacement with new design came quickly. However, the same mix of sunflower/corn, etc that would last for weeks poured out as quickly as water. The squirrels will enjoy it. I guess we will have to change to all sunflowers. Can’t see any way to modify the tension.

    • Droll Yankees

      Hi Mark,
      Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees. We’re sorry to hear that the replacement perch assembly on your Yankee Dipper is not working. Please call our Customer Service Department so we can further investigate this issue. You can reach us 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 look forward to helping you get back to feeding the birds!

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    Marcy Kroner

    Really have enjoyed this Droll bird feeder. Birds are plentiful. However squirrels have used spring for support. Now 2 are broken…

    • Droll Yankees

      Hello Marcy,
      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 email us 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!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mike LaDue

    Contacted Droll, 4 replacement springs were promptly shipped. I replaced the broken springs in no time and with no difficulty. The new springs provided have less tension to help cut down on the larger bird problem. Very satisfied with the service…

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Debby Boucher

    I love this bird feeder and have had it for 3 years now. All the birds love it and fight over the perches as I get so many birds. The seed stays dry and no issues with clogging. You may get an occasional bigger bird such as a blue jay but overall no issues. I have just started getting red squirrels finding a way to hang on and eat but have emailed Droll Yankee for some tips to get them off.

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