Droll Yankees YF Flipper Bird Feeder

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Droll Yankees YF Flipper Bird Feeder
Manufacturer: Droll Yankees
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List Price: $135.00
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Product Description

This Yankee Flipper squirrel-proof feeder is the ultimate feeder for keeping your feathered friends fed, and the furred fiends hungry. Let's talk about the basics first. The sturdy polycarbonate feeding chamber is a whopping 4-3/4 inches in diameter and 21 inches long, giving you a break between refills--and ensuring that squirrels can't hang down from the top to reach seed. The four feeding chambers are easily accessible via the perch ring, and the interior of the chamber is designed to direct seed into the seed ports.

Now, for the fun stuff: The birdfeeder features an encased motor and rechargeable (and replaceable) batteries. When you receive the feeder, simply charge the batteries overnight, hang the feeder from its looped bail wire, and prepare to be amazed (and entertained!). The motor is connected to the weight activated perch ring--birds will not set it off, even larger species like woodpeckers and cardinals. But the minute a squirrel hops onto 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. It's a humanitarian way to deal with persistent squirrels--there are no shocks or poisons to hurt them, simply a wild ride that they won't be inclined to repeat. Birds are free to eat without disruption, and your family will get a kick out of watching squirrels go for their rides. There's a lifetime warranty on the feeder body and a one-year warranty on the motor and battery charger. --Ariel Meadow Stallings

Product Details

  • Squirrel-proof bird feeder holds approximately 5 pounds of seed
  • Sturdy polycarbonate feeding chamber; metal cap and base resists squirrel damage
  • Battery charger plugs into standard 120 volt wall outlets
  • Rechargeable nickel-cadmium power-stick battery and battery charger included
  • Measures 4-3/4 by 21 inches; lifetime feeder warranty; 1-year warranty on motor and battery charger

Customer Reviews

All that I expected and more!
Review Date: December 19, 2000
Reviewer: J. Smith, Texas
I have been battling the squirrels with limited success for years. Either the feeders didn't stop the squirrels at all or they were so dang ugly I didn't want them in my yard. The squirrels even ate a few of the "squirrel proof" feeder I tried.

I'm pretty cheap, but the Droll Yankee Co. seems to have a good reputation so I wasn't too reluctant to part with the bucks for this feeder. My first impression was that it is a lot larger than I expected and seemed to be sturdier than most feeders.

I plugged it in and let it charge overnight (it charges like a power screwdriver), filled it with black-oil sunflower and hung it in my favorite bird feeder tree the next morning. My Carolina-chickadees and Cardinals were feeding within thirty minutes, Mr.Squirrel made his first attempt after about an hour. There is really no way I can describe what followed. Let's just say I have some really freaked out squirrels around my house.

I have had the feeder up for over a month, the squirrels have been forced to feed from the spilled seed on the ground and the feeder is still operating from the original charge.

This feeder is is worth every penny and then some. I wish I could give it more than five stars.

You Will Love This Feeder!
Review Date: January 27, 2001
Reviewer: Jack Beery, Canandaigua, New York USA
We recently purchased the Yankee Flipper bird feeder and love it. So do the birds!

The feeder came completely set up; there was no assembly to do. Amazon had put the Flipper box into a larger box for shipping. It came in excellent shape.

As advertised, the Nicad batteries were completely discharged. Thus step one is to charge the batteries overnight.

How It Works: The ring that the birds sit on will not deflect with the weight of a bird. Bigger birds do not trip the mechanism; we've even had a red-bellied woodpecker taking sunflower seeds from the feeder. But when excessive weight is on the ring it tilts down, turns on the motor and starts the ring turning. Then the motor deactivates when the weight is off the ring.

There are two screws that you can tighten to prevent the mechanism from tilting (thus turning on). I recommend you use these when the unit is in the charge cycle.

The ports that the birds take seeds from are well designed and the birds can eat to the last seed without any problem.

When looking at the picture of the feeder, I thought it would be better if the feeder had more feeding ports. Now that we have the feeder, I think the ports only on the bottom are better. I let the feeder get pretty well empty before I refill it.

After filling the feeder two or three times I found it useful to turn the feeder over and dump out the dust and foreign particles that are in the seed. We've attached an S hook to the tree with a plastic tie wrap which has made it convenient to lift off the feeder to dump and refill.

Regarding the mechanism: I recommend that for the first few days when the feeder is out, keep the lock down screws turned to prevent rotation. Then the mechanism will not turn on when a squirrel jumps on the feeder. After you see some squirrels on the feeder, loosen the screws and watch the action!

If you like feeding the birds and agitating the squirrels, you will love this feeder.

The last bird feeder you'll ever need to buy!
Review Date: December 19, 2001
Reviewer: Marc Andonian, Bryn Mawr, PA USA
Well, I've had many "squirrel-proof" bird feeders over the last 5 years - each promising to defeat our furry four-footed friends - and each only moderately successful! When I saw the Yankee Flipper video - I flipped...could it be that I found the last bird feeder I'll ever need to buy? YES - For over the last year - I've been very pleased with this bird feeder. It has not been successfully accessed by the squirrels - despite lots of attempts - and the associated gymnastics! But the birds? They don't have a problem unless two morning doves land on the same side at the same time...then...well that's another story. This is an exceptional product concept - well built and executed.
You do need to charge its internal battery 2X a year - but that's it. In the next generation, I'd probably redesign how the cord is placed in the charger receptical - but that is it. An outstanding product - and on amazon for a great price! I paid almost $100 for it at my local bird store - but even at that price - it is great. I will be buying these to replace my other feeders as they wear out (squirrels manage to eat their way through cages, plastic and even metal on some of the other feeders) - but not the Yankee Flipper. A GREAT product! You will NOT be sorry!
Truth in Advertising: Yankee Flipper Delivers
Review Date: August 27, 2001
Reviewer: ,
This is the first feeder I've found that is truly squirrel-proof. It works as promised, provides birds with squirrel-free dining, and people with uninterrupted bird-viewing. Now, if someone will make a feeder that discourages vast hordes of white wing doves, I'll be set. :) A few points about the feeder: The length of time the batteries hold a charge is affected by temperature extremes. In central Texas, where summer temperatures are often triple-digit, I've found the batteries will hold a charge for a week to ten days. The hotter it is outdoors (or, in winter, the colder), the less time between recharges. A recharge requires 24 hours. For those concerned about the feeder's motorized mechanism slinging squirrels at great force, not to worry. The spinning action doesn't actually sling the squirrels off the feeder, it just takes them for a ride they aren't expecting and don't particularly enjoy. They aren't slung off, they jump off. Always. :) According to the feeder's instruction booklet, red squirrels and chipmunks do not weigh enough to activate the motor; for anyone seeking to discourage those particular animals, this feeder will not be effective. This is a beautifully-designed feeder, well worth the expense. If you are like me, and have been wasting money on every new "squirrel-proof" feeder that comes on the market, your search is over. The Yankee Flipper will not disappoint.
For the Birds!
Review Date: February 10, 2001
Reviewer: ,
We have a love/hate relationship with the squirrels. My husband admires how smart they are. I hate how they foil every attempt to keep them out of the bird feeders.

Our yard used to be "taken over" by squirrels. Our squirrels bullied the birds, even chased them away. We used to put the more expensive foods out for the birds, but stopped when we realized the birds weren't getting any food at all! We tried every "squirrel proof" feeder on the market, but the furry little thieves ended up getting the food anyway.

Now that we own the Yankee Flipper, the birds eat like kings and the squirrels only get the crumbs. Occassionally they still try to get on the feeder, but a few spins cures them everythime. Now the expensive food gets eaten by the birds, and the squirrels have moved on to more accessible feeders in our neighbors yards.

Now if I could just do something about my husband who feels so sorry for the squirrels that he has started giving them their own stash of food!

Squirrels you might as well give up
Review Date: June 24, 2001
Reviewer: reader, Atlanta, Georgia USA
If you want to obtain the best feeder without having to worry about the persistent, industrious squirrel, this is it!! Finally there is a feeder where the SQUIRREL does not have a chance. Our birds are comfortable that they do not have to compete with our pesky squirrels. This is my first written review so it must be a GREAT product.
Absolutely works!
Review Date: December 3, 2004
Reviewer: Axel Blickle, Atlanta, GA
I have had my Yankee Flipper for more than 2 years now, and it works perfectly. I am almost disappointed that the Squirrels don't try anymore - except for the occasional rookie who quickly discovers that there is no food to be had here.

A couple of points I wanted to add to the other reviews:

1. Droll Yankees customer support is excellent. Some squirrel(s) managed to scratch or bite a small hole into the clear tube, right below the top of the feeder. One quick phone call, and a new feeder tube was in the mail to me at no cost. Impressive!

2. I initially charged the feeder while it was hanging on my deck, until the squirrels chewed up the cable where it plugs into the wall. Afterwards I bought two sets of NiMH batteries (Better than the NiCD that come with the feeder) and I charge them in a wall charger. This way I always have a fresh set ready, and changing them only takes a couple of minutes (unscrew three thumbscrews on the bottom of the feeder, swap batteries, replace screws).

It is a lot of money for a bird feeder, but well worth it!
Customer Service is Very Good!
Review Date: May 9, 2006
Reviewer: ESVK, Atlanta, GA
I bought a Flipper and I experienced a crack in the tubing a few months later. I called customer service and they sent me out a new feeder tube free of charge. They really stand behind their product's warranty.

I have not had any problems with squirrels (or rats) since buying the flipper. My bird feed bill is about a 1/4 of what it was when I was feeding the squirels, too. The battery last several months before needing recharged.
This is it! This is it!! Finally, finally, a squirrel solution!
Review Date: June 22, 2005
Reviewer: RS123, Massachusetts

This is absolutely the end of your squirrel problems.

I have battled and battled and battled squirrels and wasted a fortune in non-squirrel-proof feeders and an even bigger fortune in bird food that went straight to making annoying little squirrels into realy annoying well-fed fat squirrels.


One comment: the handbook explains that there will be a "lag time" between when squirrels realize that it's not worth their energy to try a grab a couple of kernels, and the time when birds realize it is there.

I found this to be exactly true, although it took a little longer than the booklet predicted.

It took my squirrels about 4-5 days to "get it" that their energy expenditure was not worth the tiny amount of food they might be able to grab while being flipped. In the meantime their machinations provided enormous humor to my family.

It also took our birds about FIVE WEEKS to realize the feeder was there and was safe. I grew quite despondent during that period (did I really just spend $83 bucks on a feeder that's never going to be used????) but our patience was rewarded and we now have scores of backyard birds enjoying the heck out of our treats.

This is the ultimate gardening triumph: "A No Regrets Purchase." Buy it! You'll never look back.

Review Date: June 13, 2001
Reviewer: R. Banfield, Downers Grove, IL
The Yankee Flipper really works - it keeps the squirrels away and allows the birds to eat from the feeder. I had been having squirrel problems for some time before trying the Yankee Flipper. It has been worth every penny. Within three days of installing the Yankee Flipper, the squirrels were staying off the feeder, not eating from it and not spilling the seeds on the ground like they did with my other feeders. I have had birds the size of grackles using the Yankee Flipper with no problem.

The rotating platform is fun, and really just causes the squirrels to jump off. It doesn't THROW them. The feeder top is made of very heavy metal, which doesn't allow squirrels to pull it off or gnaw it off. The feed port design keeps squirrels from rocking the feeder and dumping seeds out. Make sure you charge the batteries the full 12 hours before using it, and the feeder batteries are sensitive to temperature extremes. I am thoroughly satisfied with this purchase. GET THE YANKEE FLIPPER!!!!!!

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