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Old 06-28-2017, 06:33 AM   #1
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I've been feeding some protein from my 55 gal drum with the attachment. Thinking of once August gets here, to just start filling it with straight corn. Instead of setting up my feed with timer settings. Anyone on here do this? Pros, cons?
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Old 06-28-2017, 07:00 AM   #2
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Cons are going to be coons and birds and might encourage deer to be on the nocturnal side. Not sure what the pros are, could increase traffic maybe.
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Old 06-28-2017, 07:11 AM   #3
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Not sure what your setup is, but if it's a funnel down to a 2, 3 or 4 way, the corn will like just slide right on out and not stay in there like the protein does. Along with that I really can't see any pros other than maybe holding more deer in your area than your neighbor will be able to. But you better be ready to fill it up often.
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Old 06-28-2017, 07:44 AM   #4
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I would not advise it if you are in a area with heavy mast crops or into a drought time with limited natural forage. Free choice corn could cause you a lot of problems. I mixed corn 50/50 with protein one spring and fed it into the fall till we had a huge mast crop or persimmons/acorns. Lost quite a few deer that year in late summer and early fall.
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Old 06-28-2017, 10:36 PM   #5
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Thanks fellas. I got to thinking that if I have my timer set for two feedings, they will come back when feeder goes off. Plus, I don't want to feed the coons and squirrels all day long. going to put up a feed pen also. Dadgum swine.
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Old 06-28-2017, 11:54 PM   #6
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don't let your deer freebase corn. trust me on this, it's not pretty
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Old 06-29-2017, 09:13 AM   #7
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don't let your deer freebase corn. trust me on this, it's not pretty
Could please elaborate on this comment. Thanks
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Old 06-29-2017, 09:50 AM   #8
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don't let your deer freebase corn. trust me on this, it's not pretty
unless its their birthday or something like that....
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Old 06-29-2017, 10:05 AM   #9
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don't let your deer freebase corn. trust me on this, it's not pretty
I also would like to know what the problem is with letting them eat all they want.
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Old 06-29-2017, 10:12 AM   #10
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What is the difference in feeding corn in a free choice feeder then just feeding the ground ? For the people that don't agree with a free choice corn feeder ?
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Old 06-29-2017, 10:39 AM   #11
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freeˇbase
ˈfrēˌbās/
noun
1.
cocaine that has been converted from its salt to its base form by heating with ether or boiling with sodium bicarbonate, taken by inhaling the fumes or smoking the residue.
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Old 06-29-2017, 11:28 AM   #12
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unless its their birthday or something like that....
And neked chicks involved.
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Old 06-29-2017, 07:25 PM   #13
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Feed year round. Bunch of back yard pets. So how much is too much?
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Old 07-04-2017, 08:12 PM   #14
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Feed year round. Bunch of back yard pets. So how much is too much?
When you set up unlimited access to it.
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Old 07-04-2017, 08:23 PM   #15
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What is the difference in feeding corn in a free choice feeder then just feeding the ground ? For the people that don't agree with a free choice corn feeder ?
Try it and you'll soon find out.

Coons.
Nocturnal deer.
The corn will be gone within days.

Corn is best utilized as an attractant, not a full-on food source. Small amounts dispensed on the ground at key times during the day attracts the deer to your area at times they will be most likely moving around and foraging.

Not to mention a deer is a ruminant animal and a heavy corn diet will be detrimental to their health.
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Old 07-05-2017, 03:34 PM   #16
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uhhh! No way
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Old 07-11-2017, 12:32 PM   #17
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don't let your deer freebase corn. trust me on this, it's not pretty
Could you expand on this please? Thank you
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Old 07-11-2017, 01:22 PM   #18
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There is something called Slipper Foot that can be caused from eating too much corn. I don’t know how much is too much and I don’t know if it would affect them but it’s nasty.
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Old 07-11-2017, 02:59 PM   #19
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Could you expand on this please? Thank you
This is all I can think of when I see freebase corn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-ckIv1tiaU
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Old 07-11-2017, 03:03 PM   #20
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When you set up unlimited access to it.

Our unlimited supply has limitations... them jokers won't sit out in the open long enough even when it's dark. But that's all I can get them to eat out of gravity feeders. Trying protein again, we'll see.....
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Old 07-11-2017, 03:32 PM   #21
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Our unlimited supply has limitations... them jokers won't sit out in the open long enough even when it's dark. But that's all I can get them to eat out of gravity feeders. Trying protein again, we'll see.....
Try a 50/50 mix for the first 2-3 weeks. That will help.
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Old 07-11-2017, 03:52 PM   #22
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Try a 50/50 mix for the first 2-3 weeks. That will help.

Not with these picky rascals. I've done 20/80, 40/60, 50/50..the second the protein hits it, they quit it. And I don't know if there's a brand that I haven't tried..even so far as a persimmon flavored since there's a big persimmon thicket on the place.
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Old 07-11-2017, 04:34 PM   #23
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Wow
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