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||23"h x 15"w x 15"d|
|Construction||UV-stabilized polycarbonate, metal|
|Warranty||Droll Yankees Forever Promise|
|Made In||USA & China|
|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.
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in keeping with the Droll Yankee product line, this feederis well made with quality materials. BUT to say this unit is easy to clean is, in myexperience, ridiculous! to disassemble this unit for proper cleaning is so complicated it discourages one of the necessary steps in attracting birds, and keeping them healthy, CLEANING! how many small nuts are lost, removing the feeding ports? i have lost two of three already. to remove the 'bottom' plastic dispersing plate (mydescriptive term) you have to remove the two perch rods above it AND the rod tha the tube lid is secured to (which involves unbending and then re-bending the 'hanging' wire. surely the Droll design team can come up with a better system for cleaning an otherwise first rate feeder. i'd ask for my money back, but realize that is probably a nonstarter. my advice, if you are conscientious about keeping your feeder clean, shop around. in the future i know i will! Mike Dyer, Blue Hill, Maine a somewhat less enthusiastic Droll customer
Hi Michael, Thank you for your review of the Droll Yankees Squirrel Proof Caged Sunflower Bird Feeder. We are happy to know that you feel this feeder is a quality product, however, we are sorry to hear that you feel it is difficult to clean. Cleaning your feeder is a very necessary step, like you said, when attracting and feeding wild birds. The last thing we want to do is discourage our customers from taking this necessary step to keep the birds healthy. We will mention this to my product development and design team so they can keep this in mind when working on possible product improvements in the future. Please know that Droll Yankees products are designed and assembled in the USA, and they are built with quality and durable parts. These feeders are made to withstand the test of time with the ability to replace almost every individual part on the feeder. Most other feeders do not have this capability, thus what makes Droll Yankees feeders some of the more superior feeders on the market. We do have other feeders within the Droll Yankees line that might better suit your need for them to be easier to clean. We suggest taking a look at Clever Clean Collection, we think you would really like those options!: https://morebirds.com/collections/droll-yankees-onyx-clever-clean As far as the missing nuts are concerned, please give our Customer Service department a shout and they would be happy to send you some replacements! Call 1-800-352-9164 or email email@example.com. Thank you for flying with our flock!
This feeder looked very promising, but after the chickadees and titmice carried away the seeds at the openings, no more seed dropped down. The rest of the seeds simply stayed put. I used a chopstick to push the seed around inside the tube but had the same results: Some seeds drop down into the openings, get cleaned out by the birds, and the rest of the seed stays stuck in the tube. I am using a very clean "patio mix" with mostly shelled sunflower seeds. If the situation doesn't improve, I'm going to have to give the feeder no stars.
Hi Catherine, Thank you for reaching out about you Droll Yankees Squirrel Proof Caged Sunflower Bird Feeder. We are sorry to hear that you are having an issue with the seed flow. It is possible that some of the seed is wet and clogging inside the tube. This could be due to sideways rain entering through the ports, or due to a hairline crack in the tube. If you would like to discuss this further, please give our Customer Service team a call at 1-800-352-9164 or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any one of our representative would be happy to assist you and get this problem resolved. We appreciate you and your business and look forward to hearing from you!
High quality bird feeder that could use improvements to become a terrific contender. The quality of the materials, its construction and its high seed capacity make this feeder worth considering. The black cage is a general deterrent to small birds and they take a good while to begin to explore the seed being offered. However, once the cage is removed, they flock to the feeder. I wonder if a red or yellow cage would encourage better participation? The cage is a deterrent to gray and black squirrels but not red squirrels or chipmunks, which negates its usefulness, IMO. However, the large sheltering dome and small, slippery aluminum perches combine to thoroughly discourage all the varmints on my property from pillaging seed once the cage is removed! In fact, larger birds find it too difficult to feed. Removal of the cage reduces the weight of the unit, which is weighty when full of seed with the cage on, improve balance on feeder stand. Furthermore, my wife very much likes its looks without the cage, a development not to be ignored. Cageless, this feeder has become a small bird favorite that is immune to raids by mammals and large birds. I would recommend that Droll Yankees consider producing this feeder without a cage and adding a few improvements. There is a sturdy wire spring clamp that prevents the sheltering dome from rising too high. Another one of these below the dome would prevent its untimely decent. There are two places unwanted seed collects, at the perches and at the bottom of the tube. The aluminum perches do not have the same internal radius as the seed tube, resulting in gaps that collect seed and mold. I used plumber’s putty to fill each gap with good results. The angled plastic piece at the very bottom of the seed tube, which acts as its floor, allows some seed to slide down below it, making cleaning more of a chore than it ought to be. A water jet from a garden hose reduces cleaning drudgery quite a bit, I might add. With a substantial reduction in price, this feeder with the above recommended changes would take top honors, IMO.
Hello, Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees. We are sorry to hear you are having difficulties discouraging red squirrels and chipmunks. Unfortunately, this bird feeder is not chipmunk- or red squirrel-proof due to their small size. We recommend reading this article for advice on how to discourage chipmunks. To purchase this bird feeder without the cage, please click here. Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees and taking the time to offer your suggestions. We are always looking for ways to improve the birding experience for backyard birds and backyard birders, and the ideas and suggestions of innovative, thinking people are always welcome. If you have any additional suggestions or questions, 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). Thanks again for your message, and happy birding!
Not sure what stars I can give as I just got this a few days ago. Unfortunately not a single bird will venture in to try it. I just saw a sparrow though jump inside and then straight out. Does it take a while for the little birds to feel safe entering through the cage?
Hello Joanne, 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. Temporarily placing the feeder near a shrub or tree where birds will feel safe can also encourage them to explore the new feeder. 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. 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 am – 4:30 pm Mon-Fri (EST).
Just had this feeder (purchased first one about 2 years ago) bounce off the hook (we think!? squirrels!? it's hanging), crash to the ground (hangs off our deck and had some cracks already around the screws) and shatter at the base. I will not look for a refund, as next time we will close the S hook that it was hanging on - that's on us! But I will agree with "Carol" that it is the hardest feeder we own ( and we own a bunch!) to clean. Especially inside, right under each port. Having written that, I'll take a look at the video posted above and buy some more crazy brushes! They are also one of the only feeders I've found that the bigger birds can't just stretch in to feed - the cage is nice and wide around the tube. And Tufted Titmice can get in! Some tube feeders I looked at kept them out. We love our titmice! I do plan on buying 2 more of these feeders today!! The pros definitely outweigh the cons for me here!
Hi Lisa, Thank you for contacting Droll Yankees and expressing your concerns. Please click here for the instruction manual. Thank you for flying with our flock!