Placement to deter squirrels: The key to keeping a feeder successfully squirrel-proofed is the placement. Place a bird feeder 4 feet from the ground and 8 feet from anything a squirrel can jump from. When hanging from a pole by a hook, it is recommended that the hook have at least a 16” distance from the pole. Placing a baffle on the pole or having a caged feeder will also help to ensure squirrel-proof success.
Cleaning: Dirty bird feeders spread disease. We recommend cleaning your feeders weekly, or monthly at a minimum. Clean your feeders outdoors with a large bucket, and always wear gloves when cleaning. Soak your feeder in a 9:1 solution of water and bleach for 15 minutes. Then use a bird feeder brush to scrub the feeder with dish soap and water. Refill when completely dry.
|Dimensions||15.5"h x 8.5"w x 15.5"d|
|Construction||UV-stabilized polycarbonate and brass rod|
|Warranty||Droll Yankees Forever Promise|
|Prop 65 Warning||WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and 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.|
2 Year Manufacturing Warranty: Register your product online here. Once you register, the Forever Promise covers all feeders, accessories and components from manufacturing and materials defects for 2 years or 24 months from date of purchase. Droll Yankees will repair or replace, at its discretion, any manufacturing defect in these products free of charge. The Forever Promise does not cover damage through normal wear and tear, weather, or bear, raccoon or other animal damage.
Lifetime Squirrel-Damage Warranty: If your feeder is badly damaged by squirrels, to the extent that the effectiveness of the feeder is compromised, The Forever Promise also includes a lifetime warranty against squirrel-damage on all our products.
Birds That Use This Feeder
Type Of Feed
While I love that the top unit protects my feeder from rain and squirrels I do not like the bottom feeder. I use no-waster seed. It takes a great deal of seed to fill the feeder. As a result, the feeder is very heavy, is often tilted to one side, spills lots of seed, and frequently the birds have to stand inside the feeder to get any food. I will try to find something else for the bottom feeder.
Hi Anne, Thank you for your review of the Droll Yankees Big Top Squirrel-Resistant Bird Feeder with Adjustable Dome Cover. We are sorry to hear that you are having trouble with the type of seed you use with this feeder. We do suggest using mealworms, black oil sunflower or a mixed seed with this feeder. If the seed is getting wet, we would suggest lowering the dome over the bowl to protect the seed better. If the feeder is tilted to one side please check that the bottom rod is straight and also make sure it is threaded correctly. If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Customer Service Team at 1-800-352-9164, and they would be happy to assist you. Thank you for flying with our flock!
Purchased for frustrated bird feeding friends as mine is 14 years old and still the best
Not impressed and over priced. It needs perches. I made two of my own.
Hi Barbara, We appreciate you taking the time to review the Droll Yankees Big Top Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder with Adjustable Dome Cover. We are sorry to hear that you are not impressed with the feeder, and that you feel it is overpriced. The feeder is designed with a seed bowl that holds 3 lb. of seed and features eight feeding ports below to accommodate clinging birds. That is the reason there are no perches on the feeder. As far as the price is concerned, Droll Yankees bird feeders are valued at a higher MSRP because they are durable, functional, and very easy to fill and clean. Droll Yankees bird feeders will last for years or even decades longer than lesser-quality feeders; some people are still using their Droll Yankees bird feeders they purchased in the 1970s! 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. 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).
The squirrels were in the feeder within hours of putting it up. The dome does not keep them out. they sit in there and eat all the food. Very disappointing.
Hello Mary, 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 am - 4:30 pm Mon-Fri (EST). We hope this helps you get back to feeding birds and thwarting squirrels!
Been using the BTF for 25 years now. Birds love it, squirrels get frustrated because they have not been able to get into it yet. Works just as it should. Very happy with it.