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Old 01-02-2018, 04:08 AM   #1
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Default How long to take to cottonseed?

I've had mine out for three weeks now and they're barely touching it. I put corn around the base initially, and I've got pics of them eating the cottonseed a little, but I woulda thought they would have been on it by now. How long did it take yalls deer to start hitting it hard?
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Old 01-02-2018, 06:53 AM   #2
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Old 01-02-2018, 06:55 AM   #3
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Just a couple of days for us
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:01 AM   #4
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If you are the only one doing it. It could take along time. I believe that is my problem.
They aren't use to it and its something new out there
I've had it out since about Sept and they are just now starting to hit it pretty good
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:40 AM   #5
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It took a couple weeks at our place. I think it depends on location also, depending on rut. I feed it year around and they will go through four bags a month but since they started rutting they have not touched it the whole month of December. So just give it time.
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Old 01-02-2018, 10:08 AM   #6
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Almost immediately for us. Just keep it there, they will start eating it and then look out.
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Old 01-02-2018, 11:16 AM   #7
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it took almost two years for them to really take to it in the panhandle. But once they got it, it took off.
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Old 01-02-2018, 06:24 PM   #8
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There is alot of stuff growing before the freeze....I think they will be looking at it soon
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Old 02-06-2018, 04:47 AM   #9
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It took a couple weeks at our place. I think it depends on location also, depending on rut. I feed it year around and they will go through four bags a month but since they started rutting they have not touched it the whole month of December. So just give it time.
You are aware that the gossypol in the cotton seed very possibly will make your bucks sterile, right? It is highly recommended that you remove all cotton seed from the field at least 2 months before rut to give them time to work the gossypol out of their systems and to reintroduce the cotton seed a couple of weeks after all rut activity has stopped. (Including secondary and even third ruts)
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Old 02-06-2018, 09:33 AM   #10
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It took a couple of months for them to get used to it on our place.
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Old 02-06-2018, 08:17 PM   #11
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It took a couple of months for them to get used to it on our place.
Do you all feed pelleted protein in addition to cottonseed?
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Old 02-07-2018, 01:02 PM   #12
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Yes, we feed both protein and cottonseed in the same pen.
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Old 02-07-2018, 02:04 PM   #13
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I donít feed cottonseed but my thinking is that sometimes when a new food source is introduced a deer will nibble at it and see how their stomach reacts and/or to give their stomcach time to get used to the new food.

So it just may take a little time if they arenít used to it in your area. Again just just my thinking. Lol
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Old 02-07-2018, 10:02 PM   #14
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Yes, we feed both protein and cottonseed in the same pen.
I have been feeding pellets for years but just started feeding cottonseed as well this year. It seems that they have hardly touched the cottonseed though.
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Old 02-08-2018, 07:42 PM   #15
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Fellow I know told me he had to put a layer of cottonseed, then corn, then cottonseed, etc to get 'em started---down in the Tilden area.
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:40 AM   #16
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I have been feeding pellets for years but just started feeding cottonseed as well this year. It seems that they have hardly touched the cottonseed though.
They did the same at our place. They will eventually take to it and start hammering it before you know it. The first year they normally ate a whole basket in 2 months and now that we are on our 3rd of feeding it, they eat a whole basket in 3 weeks or less.
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:43 AM   #17
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It took a couple weeks at our place. I think it depends on location also, depending on rut. I feed it year around and they will go through four bags a month but since they started rutting they have not touched it the whole month of December. So just give it time.
Ummm your fawn count may not be very high next year
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:58 AM   #18
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ummm your fawn count may not be very high next year
smh...
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Old 02-17-2018, 09:35 PM   #19
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Should not be a problem with the fawn crop as long as not fed in November and December cottonseed sterilization leaves in two weeks also late fawns have a hard time catching up
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Old 02-17-2018, 10:41 PM   #20
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Will update on how they do on our place..

Buffet now open...







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Old 02-18-2018, 09:55 AM   #21
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I put out two hoops with 500 lbs each, it was gone in 11 days
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