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TripleB

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On the ol'message board there was someone who gave plans on how to build a feeder out of bucket or a plastic drum. I came across a 30gal plastic drum, but I do not know the best way to make my cuts to act like a gravity feeder

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heres how I made mine, 2x4 for legs(3) bolt to drum 3/4 up the drum and have 2 1/2 feet below the drum. Use a 2" holesaw and drill one hole in the bottom. You take a 2" PVC coupling and cut in half use it inside and glue a 2" wye under the drum using the half of coupling inside. on the wye part run the 2" PVC  pipe to the ground , put a 45 on the straight part to angle out from under the feeder , after you have the pipes done screw 2x4 around the bottom of the legs 6" high or so for extra support , for the lid a piece of plywood with 2x2 screwed around the edges and a bungee strap put a screw in two of the legs for the strap.


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Okay I have read and reread your instructions and quite frankly, what I drew based on what you wrote...well lets just say I think I got it all wrong. Any chance you could post a pic or send me a drawing?  Thanks.
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I hope this worked my first time putting up a picture. The pipes should come out around 1/3 of the way around feeder from each other. Hope it helps. Notice my house in the upper left part of the picture. This is only 40 yrds from where I shot the 10 point this year.



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thanks for the photo. I got it now.  Is there anything inside the drum to direct the corn to the "Y". Like a funnel type thing? or do you just keep it filled forcing it out the "y".

 

 

 

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I have plans to be at my buddies place near Hagerstown in 3 weeks.  I'll try to remember to take/post a picture of the one we made.

 

We used a 55 gallon steel drum and made 3 "small" holes (I dunno, 1"x2" ?) at the very bottom edge of the drum.  We placed an inverted funnel on the inside.  When corn is poured in the drum, the inverted funnel forces the corn to the outside edges and the corn comes out of the 3 holes in small piles. 

 

The drum holds about 6 bags of corn.  It works a lot like those automatic pet food gravity feeders you see in catalogs.  Works like a charm.

  

 

 

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no I didnt put an inverted funnel in it I just keep it full. and I drilled the hole in the center of the barrel.


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Thanks I am off to find a barrel!

TripleB

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Well, Here is my 20 Gal Drum Feeder. . . 

 

TripleB

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Here are a few pictures of some action around my feeders.

 

 

 

 

TripleB

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Here's a picture of either a doe that wanted to hang herself, or wanted to tip over the feeder for more feed.

 

Shorebuck

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Neat pictures what is the rope for? what camera are you useing ?it looks to have a  great flash range.

TripleB

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I have these feeders on a piece of land I own about three hours away. The rope is used to keep the feeders from blowing away if they become empty. The camera I am using is a Moultrie Gamespy 100. I add an item called field spice (marketed by Winchester) to my feeders, and the deer LOVE the stuff! I have put out several plain corn feeders, and placed this one in the middle, and the deer pass by the plain corn and come straight to the one with the field spice. I have even mixed it up a few times and always get the same results.

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you will save $ in the long run if you put a timed feeder on one and legs. its not hard. cut a hole and bolt it on!


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I thought I would pass along some experiences I have had with plastic barrels.

I have had 3 feeders ruined by squirrels chewing through the lids and side of plastic barrels to get a corn or whatever was inside. In some cases, the barrels collected water, which eventually ran down through the feed and out through the hole in the bottom. This water then ran over the dispenser, sometimes making it way down the shaft of the motor and ruining the unit.

Another experience, if you are thinking about a 30 or 50 gallon barrel that would hang from a tree, I think you are making a mistake. Unless the barrel is permantly hung in a tree and you use some type of ladder to get up and fill it, it requires a herculean effort to lift the barrel after filling with feed. A 30 gallon feeder holds 200 lbs. of corn, even with a pulley up in the tree is a difficult task to raise the barrel even for two strong men. I have had two barrels fall out of the trees, hardware giving out and I used pretty substantial pulleys and bolts (3/8" lag bolts) in the trees. This resulted in ruining the feed dispensers.

I would never purchase another plastic barrel for a feeder. Also, buy or build one on legs.

Mike
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My theory when it comes to feeders is the old keep it simple stupid method.  The fact is the less there is to go wrong the more reliable and less hassle you are going to have.  Some of the stuff that has already been said I have tried myself and had the same results: Don't hang drums 30 or 55 gallon because they are too damn heavy and hard to fill, timed feeders are a huge pain in the ass they always break the batteries die etc, plastic drums are junk because as soon as they are empty the squirrels and coons eat through them to get the last kernels of corn, the more corn your feeders will hold the better because it means less trips to fill and less disturbance. 

What we use are pipe feeders of various sizes.  PVC is readily available and cheap, if you work in construction you might even be able to snag what you need lol.  To build two all you need is a piece of 4" x 8' schedule 40 PVC, two 4" caps, two 4" 90* elbows, two pieces of thin Gauge sheet metal 4" x 5".  Cut the pipe in half for two four foot feeders, glue the elbows to one end of each, cut a slot in the elbow on the non-glued flange with a hack-saw so that the metal slides in leaving a 1-1.5 inch opening for the corn to slide out, the metal will be pinched in place but also caulk it, tape off the top 3-4" of the pipe where the cap will slide on to keep paint off it for ease of cap removal then camo paint the pipe and cap.  Now all that's left is to fill it slip the cap on and bungee it to a tree.  Another tip is to use a little corn oil on the inside of the cap and top of the tube for easy removal.  These feeders when camo'd up right disappear in the woods and even if they do get stolen they are dirt cheap, they are ultra reliable and the squirrels wont eat through the PVC or metal.  You can create your own variation I have them in 6" and 8" made from schedule 80 also that hold over 200#'s a piece though they are heavy and harder to move and a little more expensive.  For the larger pipes I use screw tight well caps, you can get them from a well supply store, because the larger caps are real tough to get off.  I will post some pics when I get a chance.
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