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Old Feb 23rd 2011, 05:07 PM   #1
 
  Apr 2009
  Carrollton, MO
In search of the best homemade feeder design...I've come across quite a few plastic 55-gallon barrels. Any ideas?



I was thinking of buying sheet plastic and making a cone to funnel feed from it, but not wanting to spend more time than money saved. I have some Feed4All feeders but they have their flaws, as I'm sure most do. Need something small enough to move by hand, sturdy enough to endure rutting bucks, high winds, and parallel rains. If nothing else, I might try to build a hay feeder similar to what Del Clayna is putting out (their trash can version) for square bales.



Let me know...
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Old Feb 24th 2011, 03:35 AM   #2
 
  Dec 2009
  Denham Springs, La
http://www.bossbuck.com/products/low...3polyunit.html



I have used this and have worked great. Just cut a hole in the bottom of your 55 gallon drum and bolt in unit and now you have a 300# free feeder.



With the band that fits around the drum and legs I had about 150. tied up in each one.
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Old Feb 24th 2011, 03:49 AM   #3
 
  Apr 2009
  Carrollton, MO
I had seen these before. I actually bought a 4-way from Bossbucks, but haven't done anything with it (yet). You don't use a cone above this to divert the feed to the edge of the feeders? Ever have feed molded up inside the barrel? How did you support the barrel? Thanks
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Old Feb 24th 2011, 05:47 AM   #4
 
  Dec 2009
  Denham Springs, La
Here is a pic of an old one I made back in 2006.



You don't need to install another funnel above this unit.



Never had mold on any feed and never had any moisture migrate in. (We get up to 50" of rain a year down here) They will provide installation instructions.

make sure you caulk around the top edges where the funnel meets the drum.



Here is the link to the band you can order. Then all you need is 3 pieces of pipe cut to the length you need to get your desired height.



If you don't have a lid that has a hand binder spend the extra 23 dollars and get their lid.



http://www.bossbuck.com/products/parts/barrelband.html
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Old Feb 24th 2011, 07:07 AM   #5
 
  Apr 2009
  Carrollton, MO
I have seen those stands, too. I like the wide base on them. Your picture was very helpful...do you use a ladder to fill your barrel? It looks pretty tall; then again, maybe you have an auger wagon? I do all chores via 5-gallon buckets. I wonder if you drilled 1" holes every 3" or so down the side, then took a strip of thin plexiglass and covered the holes by attaching p-glass with liquid nails, then you might have an easy way to see the feed inventory from the ground? I also like that you can use different lengths of pipe to accomodate different ages of deer. I know fawns sure come onto feed in late July at my place, but the feeders I've been using don't adjust down to their height, and I waste quite a bit every year due to coons and rain.
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Old Feb 24th 2011, 09:42 AM   #6
 
  Nov 2010
  Bemidji MN
My question is what barrels do guys use food grade or others if others what do you use to clean them before use
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Old Feb 24th 2011, 11:08 AM   #7
 
  Apr 2009
  Carrollton, MO
I've found two along the highway that had been used to haul vinegar. The ones I'm getting now have been used to ship and store a slightly corrosive soap (plastic barrels) but I think they can be cleaned pretty well. I'll be cutting the ends off, after all.
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Old Feb 24th 2011, 11:34 AM   #8
 
  Dec 2009
  Denham Springs, La
i fill mine by backing up to it with my mule and stand in the back and fill from there. I'm also able to see the level.



I made a feed blower out of a gas leaf blower similar to this.



I don't use it much but as i get older I will use it more..





http://www.bossbuck.com/products/feeders/pakmule.html



If I had to do it over I would have just bought this one. Getting the flow rate of feed into the pipe right was a pain in the you know what!!!
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Old Apr 6th 2011, 08:03 PM   #9
 
  Nov 2010
  Casey, IL
anybody try to make a larger scale of this?



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Old Apr 6th 2011, 10:33 PM   #10
 
  Apr 2011
  Missouri
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anybody try to make a larger scale of this?





that's a neat little contraption!!!
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Old Apr 7th 2011, 03:36 AM   #11
 
  Apr 2009
  Carrollton, MO
Yeah, makes me want to get some chicks! I wonder if you could make the lever device (where the chickens were standing) horizontal and about as high off the ground as a deer's brisket, so they had to push with their chest while stretching their neck; on the other hand, I have heard that coons will chew through a 2x4 to get to some feed...
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Old Apr 7th 2011, 04:08 AM   #12
 
  Nov 2010
  Casey, IL
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Yeah, makes me want to get some chicks! I wonder if you could make the lever device (where the chickens were standing) horizontal and about as high off the ground as a deer's brisket, so they had to push with their chest while stretching their neck; on the other hand, I have heard that coons will chew through a 2x4 to get to some feed...


The "Originals" are galvanized Google " Grandpa's Feeders"
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Old Apr 7th 2011, 08:11 AM   #13
 
  Feb 2011
  Cameron, TX
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Yeah, makes me want to get some chicks! I wonder if you could make the lever device (where the chickens were standing) horizontal and about as high off the ground as a deer's brisket, so they had to push with their chest while stretching their neck; on the other hand, I have heard that coons will chew through a 2x4 to get to some feed...


You could probabaly slant the pressure board downward a bit so they push on it with their chest when they get closer to the trough part.
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Old Apr 7th 2011, 09:03 AM   #14
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  Apr 2009
  Clinton, PA

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Just let them step on it. If you do it a couple times with them watching they are curious enough they will check it out. Ya they might be scared the first couple times but they would get use to it. I cut wood from time to time in my pen and the deer are so curious about what im doing they run right over as soon as the chainsaw shuts off.
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Old Apr 7th 2011, 09:49 AM   #15
 
  Apr 2009
  Carrollton, MO
But if you make it so they can step on it, what keeps a coon or 'possum out?
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