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Old 03-23-2017, 06:31 PM   #1
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Default How do you fill your protein feeder?

I recently purchased a 2000lb all seasons protein feeder and I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to fill this thing!

How many of you climb up and down a ladder 40 times?

Anyone use an auger like the badazz auger or blower unit like the feeder filler?
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Old 03-23-2017, 06:33 PM   #2
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A lot of times the feed stores have auger trailers they will loan you. Saves a bunch of time and labor.
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Old 03-23-2017, 06:37 PM   #3
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We have a panel on all of our feeder pens thats easily removed. Back the truck up to the feeder and fill while standing in the bed of the truck.
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Old 03-23-2017, 06:45 PM   #4
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We have 8, 2000 lb feeders...bulk is the way to go.....
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Old 03-23-2017, 06:48 PM   #5
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I have two air blower trailers. They work great.
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Old 03-23-2017, 06:55 PM   #6
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I fill mine with an adult beverage in hand
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Old 03-23-2017, 07:11 PM   #7
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If we go bag we just back up to the feeder and fill out of the back of the pickup.
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Old 03-23-2017, 07:22 PM   #8
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My 13 year old son unloads, opens and lift the bags to me. But mine is only 400#s

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Old 03-23-2017, 07:28 PM   #9
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I normally just back the truck up as well, but not sure how high this new feeder is guna be. I have a feeling that won't be an option.

Wonder if muy grande in Greer has a feed trailer to loan?


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Old 03-23-2017, 07:40 PM   #10
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back truck up and fill. Helps if son or friend is opening bags.
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Old 03-23-2017, 07:52 PM   #11
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We have an all season 2000# too and I stand on roof of ranger
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Old 03-23-2017, 07:52 PM   #12
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I am sitting 400 miles from my feeders so I pick up the phone and call the feed store. They deliver right to my feeder with their bulk trailer that holds about 6,000 pounds for a $60 fee. To maximize their time and my money I increased my total feed capacity to over 6,000 pounds. The discount on bulk feed is more than enough to cover the delivery fee. And I do not have to be there or climb a ladder 100+ times each month.

Works well for me and my critters.

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Old 03-23-2017, 08:03 PM   #13
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I just back up to the feeder and fill it. There are probably more efficient ways of doing it, but this is the cheapest.
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Old 03-23-2017, 08:10 PM   #14
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Back your truck up to your ladder and it's a lot less climbing.
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Old 03-23-2017, 09:27 PM   #15
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We tried the Badazz auger. It was slow and it powdered the protein up to much. Went back to bagging it until we got the feed store to start filling them. With the lease being 5 hours away, this is the best route for us.
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Old 03-23-2017, 09:31 PM   #16
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I fill mine with an adult beverage in hand
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Old 03-23-2017, 09:32 PM   #17
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Default How do you fill your protein feeder?

I have four sons. Every time we fill feeders I tell them I bought them into this world to fill feeders and open gates. My job is to collect the strings and pull tabs. I will tell you upfront this is not the cheapest route to go
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Old 03-23-2017, 09:32 PM   #18
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Stop feeding protein. Problem solved
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Old 03-23-2017, 11:30 PM   #19
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Ladder 40 times
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Old 03-24-2017, 12:21 AM   #20
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One bag at a time and I'm feeding 5k pounds of corn and 4k pounds of protein.


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Old 03-24-2017, 12:54 AM   #21
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I picked up a protein feeder a few years ago that takes 20 bags and a corn feeder that takes 12 after the first trip of doing it alone I ordered a ****** feeder filler. Now I put my 10 year old son to work. All I do is back the truck up and set everything up and put him to work. He drags and lifts all the bags from the truck to the hopper. I cut the ends and he flips it over and pulls the bag out. He loves it and tells me he's getting county strong.


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Old 03-24-2017, 01:51 AM   #22
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We have a panel on all of our feeder pens thats easily removed. Back the truck up to the feeder and fill while standing in the bed of the truck.
X2
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Old 03-24-2017, 06:27 AM   #23
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Where did you get the auger from klepdo


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Old 03-24-2017, 06:57 AM   #24
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I can't remember it's been about 5 years. I just looked at the prices and I know I only paired about $400 for it and they want over $1,000 now. If you have a lot of feeders to fill and have a chance at falling out of your truck it's worth the $1,000. It takes about 15-20 seconds a bag. The only problem is in the summer when it's hot the motor gets real hot if you don't keep it in the shade.
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Old 03-24-2017, 06:49 PM   #25
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We fill the front end loader bucket on my 65 hp JD tractor with about 12-14 bags. That will fill or top off 3-4 of our troughs. We have 14 troughs total so it's a chore anyway. We have most troughs fenced with hog panels, but can raise the bucket and put it up above the fence but next to the troughs to minimize bag lifting.

Full disclosure: I generally wait til one of my sons (in their late 20's and early 30's) are here to help-even with tractor.
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Old 03-24-2017, 06:56 PM   #26
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Stand in the back of my Ranger and lift 50lb bags. My son takes care of the empty bags.
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Old 03-24-2017, 06:58 PM   #27
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Generally with someone who isn't on the lease and wants to shoot a pig......free labor
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Old 03-24-2017, 08:36 PM   #28
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How much do you guys pay for bulk protein?

And does anyone have a source that would deliver to San Saba area?
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Old 03-24-2017, 08:39 PM   #29
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How much do you guys pay for bulk protein?

And does anyone have a source that would deliver to San Saba area?
Ours is 350-360/ton most of the time depending on time of year and availability of ingredients but I get it directly from the mill
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Old 03-24-2017, 08:42 PM   #30
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I call the feed store (Centex Fertilizer) and they come fill it for me. Bulk is the way to go.
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Old 03-24-2017, 08:54 PM   #31
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1 bag at a time. Same with my corn feeders. Nothing wrong with a little sweat n beer!
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Old 03-24-2017, 09:15 PM   #32
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I call the feed store (Centex Fertilizer) and they come fill it for me. Bulk is the way to go.
Yup and it's cheaper than buying it by the back and you don't touch it
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Old 03-24-2017, 09:19 PM   #33
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I text the feed store owner and he fills mine up and sends me the bill. Bulk protein, delivery fee, mileage still cheaper than sacks and i don't have to do anything.
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Old 04-14-2017, 12:09 AM   #34
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Contacted my nearest feed store, they had a trailer to lend out but it was going to be $75 per use! NO THANKS!

Looks like I've found the solution to hauling 40 bags up the ladder! I contacted Lindsey Welding Services and they were able to put this together for me. Taking it out to the ranch next week to see how well it works for protein!

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Old 04-14-2017, 04:41 AM   #35
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That's pretty neat. How much will a unit like that run?
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Old 04-14-2017, 08:23 AM   #36
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I don't know how my wife does it.
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Old 04-14-2017, 09:07 AM   #37
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1 bag at a time. Same with my corn feeders. Nothing wrong with a little sweat n beer!
Yup x 2!
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Old 04-14-2017, 10:25 AM   #38
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Put the sacks into the bucket on the front loader. Raise loader to the level of the top of the feeder. Stand on a ladder and grab it out of the loader and pour into the feeder.
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Old 04-14-2017, 10:33 AM   #39
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That's pretty neat. How much will a unit like that run?


It was only $250 plus the blower and PVC pipe.


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Old 04-14-2017, 04:44 PM   #40
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Take a look at the Outback Amigo
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Old 04-14-2017, 08:43 PM   #41
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Take a look at the Outback Amigo
The unit I had built was very similar, but WAY cheaper! Check out the video above.
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Old 12-02-2017, 02:40 PM   #42
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The unit I had built was very similar, but WAY cheaper! Check out the video above.
Nice unit. How's it working for you? Does it crumble up the pellets much?
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Old 12-02-2017, 03:07 PM   #43
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Old 12-02-2017, 04:48 PM   #44
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If we go bag we just back up to the feeder and fill out of the back of the pickup.
This two guys on tailgate 10-15 minutes.
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Old 12-02-2017, 05:08 PM   #45
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Old 12-02-2017, 08:25 PM   #46
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I fill mine with an adult beverage in hand
Im taking notes here......great idea
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Old 12-02-2017, 08:58 PM   #47
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15 bags at a time with the front end loader of my tractor. Just stand in bucket and get after it. My feeder holds 32 sacks so only fill it 1 1/2 times a year.
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Old 12-02-2017, 09:04 PM   #48
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With 20" arms and a 1/2 gallon crown royal bag
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Old 12-02-2017, 09:09 PM   #49
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10 bags drink a beer, 10 bags drink a beer, 8 bags drink a beer and move onto the next one. 2 of us can knock a feeder out in about 30 minutes
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Old 12-02-2017, 10:27 PM   #50
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I don’t Juan Carlos does it lol
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