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Old 07-17-2019, 03:42 PM   #1
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Stand and fill 74 to top, 12 Gauge sheet all around, Lid will be one piece and will come completely off. Im want the green screen experts to make sure Im not overlooking something!







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Old 07-17-2019, 03:44 PM   #2
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Nice. But, i'd build those ports so you can put CoonHoods on them.
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Old 07-17-2019, 03:46 PM   #3
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Looks good like our old creep feeders
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Old 07-17-2019, 03:51 PM   #4
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At 74" it's only a stand and fill for some


Looks good. It would be difficult to coon proof it with that design. I would also wonder about how sturdy it is once feed is in it. It may be great as is, but may also need cross bracing. You will only know that when you test it. Not much to critique really. How high are the protein outlets?
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Old 07-17-2019, 03:56 PM   #5
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At 74" it's only a stand and fill for some


Looks good. It would be difficult to coon proof it with that design. I would also wonder about how sturdy it is once feed is in it. It may be great as is, but may also need cross bracing. You will only know that when you test it. Not much to critique really. How high are the protein outlets?
I'm not worried about the sturdiness, it will be more than fine there. I went with minimal crossmembers and kept them low so coons can't stand on them to get closer to the spout. It's 40" to the bottom of the spouts, so about 37" or so if one were to stand on the crossmember to reach up there. Then, the legs are 18" from the side of the spouts. I'm just wondering if yall think they will be able to get to the spout from the ground. If they get there from the legs I have something in my head for the next ones that will erase that option
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:00 PM   #6
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That's one heck of a protein feeder. I like it but the coons could cause a problem.
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:09 PM   #7
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Need flow control from the inside so feed doesn't bunch up. Basically a way to set it like a vertical slide gate. Also spout is to close to body wall of feeder. Deer must be straight on or head tilted to get to feed. I could see them being spooky having a shear wall in front blocking half their sight field.
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:10 PM   #8
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I think most of your feed is just gonna spill out. Needs a few inches of horizontal length on the spouts
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:14 PM   #9
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I think most of your feed is just gonna spill out. Needs a few inches of horizontal length on the spouts

It does look like it will run out when you fill it. Have you tried feed in it yet?
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:24 PM   #10
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Looks good! If I make skids out of angle I box the ends. Then again, I have been known to fill them in flip flops when it is 105 degrees. :-) I looked at one of your corn feeders the other day and it was, bar none, the best feeder I have seen!
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:35 PM   #11
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I'm not worried about the sturdiness, it will be more than fine there. I went with minimal crossmembers and kept them low so coons can't stand on them to get closer to the spout. It's 40" to the bottom of the spouts, so about 37" or so if one were to stand on the crossmember to reach up there. Then, the legs are 18" from the side of the spouts. I'm just wondering if yall think they will be able to get to the spout from the ground. If they get there from the legs I have something in my head for the next ones that will erase that option
Those savages will use one another as a ladder, hang from one arm and rake feed out like a water fall. The bastages are evil geniuses. Install a crossfire type port and CoonHoods and be done with it.
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:36 PM   #12
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The more I look at it, the more I want one
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:38 PM   #13
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I don't think a coon could actually reach it. But I would worry about spillage

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Old 07-17-2019, 04:43 PM   #14
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Spillage pics:







It didn’t spill any more than the first bag on every other protein feeder I’ve filled. I do think that a central “stem” instead of legs would eliminate most of the coon issues.
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:44 PM   #15
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Im no expert, but the only issue I see is building it looks like too much work! ( if i wasnt such a poor fabricator it may not be so bad haha )


Very nice!
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:45 PM   #16
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I dont think spillage will be an issue if im seeing it right. Looks like the feed port is maybe 2 below the actual opening inside the feeder. If thats the case, I think it will work. The coons might be a concern, be interesting to see. Fill it up and try it out. Let us know how it goes.


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Old 07-17-2019, 04:54 PM   #17
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Is it possible to have the lid on a track type system so you can lift and slide. Keeps you from having to remove every time.
Looks great
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:56 PM   #18
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Is it possible to have the lid on a track type system so you can lift and slide. Keeps you from having to remove every time.
Looks great
You will be able to lift and slide it back, it doesn't have to come all the way off if you're filling it by yourself.


Keep the critiques coming fellas. One of you mentioned the deer being skittish at facing a wall, I haven't experienced that with the other feeders I have built in the past. They all have about the same clearance as these do as far as distance from side to end of spout.
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:59 PM   #19
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My son built me some almost exactly like it. They work well, they can't stay on top of the spouts built like that but can rake it out. He's fixing to build me something to keep the coons out but hasn't got the design yet. They don't get to much so it's not a big concern. How big are the openings? Mine are 5x5 and they eat out of them just fine. The only thing I see is the bottom front of the openings has a dam instead of an angled lip. Mine get soggy protein built up in them and with the angled lip I can shove a spatula in it and clean them out in about three seconds. I also have a few small holes drilled in the bottom to let water escape.

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Old 07-17-2019, 05:00 PM   #20
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Cool! How heavy is it?
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:01 PM   #21
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How heavy is the lid?
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:06 PM   #22
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Looks good.

Can’t really tell how much room is there from the pic....The only thing I could see that may or may not be an issue is if a bigger rack buck will have a hard time getting his nose into the feed straight on or other wise.
I know deer like to eat so, they’ll find a way to get it. Lol


Just throwing it out there...It’s actually a cool design thought and looks clean.
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:07 PM   #23
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I will critique it, but I must field test it first!
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:08 PM   #24
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Lid weighs about 50 lbs, the whole feeder probably weighs 300-325 lbs.
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:15 PM   #25
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Nice job

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Old 07-17-2019, 05:39 PM   #26
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Nicely done.... Coons are just part of feeding protein free choice unless you have CoonHoods or a timed protein feeder. Contact Hayden with CoonHoods. He will custom build you hoods if its possible for that design.
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Old 07-17-2019, 09:18 PM   #27
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I think I’ll get in touch with them tomorrow
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Old 07-17-2019, 09:41 PM   #28
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I think the spouts need to be bigger, especially to maximize consumption. Deer will have a hard time getting in those. Also larger exotics won’t be able to. Also think deer won’t like eating that close to a wall with lack of visibility. Like the inside of the feeder, looks like won’t have problem with caking up on the sides. .
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Old 07-17-2019, 10:08 PM   #29
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Spouts look too close to the box, like bucks will damage their antlers trying to eat from them.
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Old 07-17-2019, 10:27 PM   #30
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I'm not worried about the sturdiness, it will be more than fine there. I went with minimal crossmembers and kept them low so coons can't stand on them to get closer to the spout. It's 40" to the bottom of the spouts, so about 37" or so if one were to stand on the crossmember to reach up there. Then, the legs are 18" from the side of the spouts. I'm just wondering if yall think they will be able to get to the spout from the ground. If they get there from the legs I have something in my head for the next ones that will erase that option
My 500# ASF has 15.5" wide ports. I have it 38" to bottom of port.
Got video of coons jumping right in the ports. Looks like a cat jumping in.
They actually lay inside them!

I built some custom coon guards and ain't had a problem with coons since. But...... The deer aren't hitting them as well either.

I think I have the springs too loose making them wobble too much. Maybe spooking the deer ????

My Boss Buck has 4" ports, I believe. Its also 38". Since putting 4" PVC on the legs, no coon probs.

Your feeder looks good to me.
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Old 07-17-2019, 10:44 PM   #31
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Seems like it is a solid design. Like others have said, spout openings might be too short.
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