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Old 03-26-2018, 05:14 PM   #1
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I set this alfalfa feeder up on March 3. Went to the lease this past Saturday and to my disappointment nothing is eating the alfalfa!
What do y’all think the problem might be?


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Old 03-26-2018, 05:18 PM   #2
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Put corn with it - it takes them awhile to get use to a strange feed but they will eat it over time. High in protein too
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Old 03-26-2018, 05:18 PM   #3
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Try Chaffee, it's alfalfa with molases, comes in 50# bag. My axis and whitetail love it.
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Old 03-26-2018, 05:24 PM   #4
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I never had ANY luck getting deer to eat or of one of those feeders. Bust it up and put it in a feed trough and you will see the difference.
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Old 03-26-2018, 05:56 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. I'll try what y'all suggested. Checking the d-I-y for a feed trough. I checked my camera and not even the hogs ate the alfalfa
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Old 03-27-2018, 11:55 AM   #6
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I've seen them eat alfalfa at our place in the winter and late summer when they are stressed and when there isn't much to eat out there other than cottonseed and protein that we feed them. I've never been able to get them to eat it during the Spring time when lots of forage is up and growing.
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Old 03-27-2018, 12:11 PM   #7
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Smart had a alfalfa feeder for sale that was a 50 gallon drum with a cage on the bottom for sale. Maybe you can do a search and see the picture.
I've heard good things about that style.
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Old 03-27-2018, 12:14 PM   #8
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I have seen similar results with that style of feeder. Not sure why but it doesn't seem like they prefer to eat it that way. On the ground or out of a 50 gal type feeder with a bottom cage seems to work much better.
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Old 03-27-2018, 01:21 PM   #9
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Smart had a alfalfa feeder for sale that was a 50 gallon drum with a cage on the bottom for sale. Maybe you can do a search and see the picture.
I've heard good things about that style.

Smart did but it is sold ...but he's buying another larger style very similar to what the OP has (see below) because he needs more capacity. Our deer have no problem eating from it and mowing it down.

If I was the OP, I would stick with what he has and do the corn thing...stuff some in the cracks and crevices of the bale or lay corn on top of any on the ground. In the past, alfalfa I have put out in the spring usually stays around awhile. Then come May, it gets mowed down even the yellowed stuff. I'm assuming it is the spring greenup and the brush growth and they just have better things to eat. I used to break up the bale and throw it in my larger feeder thinking it would help, but they mow it down in the feeder in the summer and winter in bale form. I was in a hurry one day and just threw it in. A 3 strand bale was gone in 7 days..

This is my feeder at my other pen.

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Old 03-27-2018, 08:53 PM   #10
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Thanks for the input. I did leave a fresh bale on the ground so I’ll go back in a couple of weeks to see what’s going on.
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Old 04-09-2018, 09:20 PM   #11
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Is that feeder homemade Smart? Sweet design!
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Old 04-09-2018, 10:25 PM   #12
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Is that feeder homemade Smart? Sweet design!

No sir...it is a crossfire double stack feeder made by Premier..



http://premierfeeders.com/crossfire_...8035_prd1.html
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Old 04-10-2018, 09:37 PM   #13
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I like that!

Thinking about adding one as well. Doing the math on a bale here though ($22 for a 50ish pound bale) I may just supplement it in fall and winter vs year round

But that’s a awesome setup!..... and I liked your barrel feeder ( what I planned to build
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Old 04-15-2018, 06:41 PM   #14
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I took plastic 55 gallon drum containers and cut them in half - built a simple wood frame with a tin roof and placed each of the halves of the drum in the base - put alfalfa in each barrel with corn on top - they ate it up
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Old 04-24-2018, 07:47 PM   #15
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We put it on the ground and they get after it.
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Old 04-24-2018, 07:51 PM   #16
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Did you set it up for axis or whitetail? I know axis love alfalfa but i never saw the whitetail eat it. They stuck with the corn
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:16 PM   #17
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Did you set it up for axis or whitetail? I know axis love alfalfa but i never saw the whitetail eat it. They stuck with the corn
I only have whitetail on the lease. I put out the alfalfa after reading about it on here. I may drive out to lease this weekend and check out what’s happened.
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Old 05-04-2018, 11:27 AM   #18
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I only have whitetail on the lease. I put out the alfalfa after reading about it on here. I may drive out to lease this weekend and check out what’s happened.
We have put out alfalfa bales and Chafhay on our lease in the past and the whitetail deer love it. My question is will the 17% pellets work in a spin feeder mixed with corn or will it gum up the funnel?
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Old 05-04-2018, 12:04 PM   #19
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this was my solution to a similar problem
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