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ck40711 02-20-2013 08:48 AM

Can you show me your cotton seed feeder?
 
Howdy hunters, I wanted to try feeding cotton seed this off season for the first time. The only person I know who feeds it uses the following type of wire basically in a ring shape around a metal t-post. I can't find this type of wire anywhere (at least not near Tomball)
http://i1310.photobucket.com/albums/...psff8c0564.jpg
If anyone has any pictures of their cotton seed feeders so I can get other ideas (especially the type of wire you use) I would really appreciate it. Also if anyone knows of anywhere near Tomball/Houston to buy cotton seed(where they load it in your truck vs. bagged) I would appreciate that info as well. Thanks

Casey

JMAG 02-20-2013 08:57 AM

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We just built 6 cottonseed feeders this past weekend. Picked up a ton of it in Sinton, Tx for $320. Loaded it in the back of the truck and put a tarp over it. It's said to be a good source of protein and just deer eat it after a while. I'm from spring/tomball area and couldn't find it anywhere around here.
Here's a picture of the feeder (trough)
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FCTrapper 02-20-2013 09:03 AM

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V-Mesh will work better in the LONG run.

shark79 02-20-2013 09:05 AM

That's v-mesh bullwire. Mccoys might have it.

ck40711 02-20-2013 09:08 AM

@FCTrapper. . . .where can you buy that V-Mesh at? That must be a west Texas thing, cause I can't find it anywhere near Houston (all I find is the rectangle, like JMAG used). I just hit McCoy's website but didn't see it. . . I will stop by there and check. I have looked at TSC, Lowe's and Home Depot's around here with no luck. Thanks everyone.

FCTrapper 02-20-2013 09:23 AM

Any major fence building supply store should have it. I found it D&D farm and ranch in Sequin. Also there is a large fencing company just north of Georgetown on IH-35 that carries it. Almost positive McCoys carries it too.

TexasTK 02-20-2013 09:24 AM

V Mesh is the way to go. I bought a roll of it at Home Depot in Seguin.
Don't remember what it cost but it is fairly expensive.

super_dave 02-20-2013 09:27 AM

What is the diet of this illusive "cotton seed".

JMAG 02-20-2013 09:30 AM

http://www.buckmanager.com/2009/02/2...led-deer-food/

BIG BONE 02-20-2013 10:17 AM

following

Russ81 02-20-2013 11:13 AM

American Fence Company has V-mesh, look under horse fencing.

http://www.afence.com/store/home.php?cat=441

ck40711 02-20-2013 11:34 AM

How many feet do you guys use to make your cage? Looking at the pictures I am guessing 8 foot, but wanted to check. Thanks

FCTrapper 02-20-2013 11:53 AM

70 inches

Russ81 02-20-2013 12:12 PM

Sounds about right, I think the ones we built were 22-24" across. Wired it to one tee post

TexasTK 02-20-2013 02:25 PM

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These hold about 350 - 400 lbs. May be a little to big in diameter but the deer still manage to get most of it out if you let it run out.

dustoffer 02-20-2013 05:47 PM

Reloading customer of mine feeds it and he told me he had to put a bit of corn in with the cottonseed at first, but once the deer got started, they haven't looked back.

macdad 02-20-2013 07:23 PM

How much wire do you need? I buy mine from a place in Elgin he will sell it by the feeder at a time if wanted for $ 25 He also sells bagged or bulk.

Huntin Addict 02-20-2013 07:35 PM

Casey,

I work with macdad, if you and he work something out I can bring it to you in Weimar.

Russ81 02-20-2013 08:40 PM

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Originally Posted by dustoffer (Post 6665149)
Reloading customer of mine feeds it and he told me he had to put a bit of corn in with the cottonseed at first, but once the deer got started, they haven't looked back.

Lease I worked on had the same thing happen to them. Put the cotton seed feeder in feed pen with corn feeder and they hammered it

TexasTK 02-21-2013 08:35 AM

Just to let you know if you put corn in with the cottonseed the coons might get in it and scatter the stuff all over the place. If you have hogs and the cottonseed is not in a pen they will destroy the cage. Just thought I would pass on my expierence with it.

ck40711 02-21-2013 08:48 AM

FYI - McCoys sells the 58" V-Mesh wire for $410.15. . . for 165 feet! Unfortunately they won't cut it though, so you are stuck with a whole roll. But just thought I would pass the info along.

rtp 02-21-2013 02:11 PM

Where in Sinton did you get the cotton seed and do you know if they had anymore?

Mex. Bowhunter 02-21-2013 02:35 PM

Yeah it is high But, it is the wire to Use. I would not mix any corn with it. texasTK is right. Coons will dump the whole cage for a few hand fulls of Corn.

http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/14/72/59/58/cdy_0710.jpg
We even Put lids on ours because I have seen coons try and make nest in the cages and Make a mess of your Cottenseed.

Russ81 02-21-2013 02:46 PM

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Originally Posted by rtp (Post 6669652)
Where in Sinton did you get the cotton seed and do you know if they had anymore?

PM heading your way;)b

ColinR 02-24-2013 09:53 AM

Will cows eat it?

FCTrapper 02-24-2013 10:19 AM

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Originally Posted by ColinR (Post 6682029)
Will cows eat it?

YES YES YES... They love it. If they ever find it you will never be able to keep them away. Put it in your feed pens so they can't get to it.

talltexasshoote 02-24-2013 10:21 AM

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Originally Posted by ColinR (Post 6682029)
Will cows eat it?

Every chance they get.

Kincaid82 02-24-2013 08:30 PM

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Chance Love 03-01-2013 12:30 PM

We subscribe to the "one center t-post" theory. Don't wire the cage to the t-post, so the deer can move the cage around to get all of the seed. The cage needs to be moveable.

whitetailfanatic 03-01-2013 12:43 PM

So the t post is just so it can't be pushed over??
Not fastened to wire at all??

ck40711 03-01-2013 12:47 PM

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Originally Posted by whitetailfanatic (Post 6707882)
So the t post is just so it can't be pushed over??
Not fastened to wire at all??

^^^ Thats correct. It allows the cage to move. . . but not fall over.

Chance Love 03-01-2013 12:48 PM

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Originally Posted by whitetailfanatic (Post 6707882)
So the t post is just so it can't be pushed over??
Not fastened to wire at all??

Yep

whitetailfanatic 03-01-2013 12:53 PM

I'm going to try it in Bosque if we can locate a mill
Thx. ;)b

Maroon Blade 03-13-2013 02:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Chance Love (Post 6707813)
We subscribe to the "one center t-post" theory. Don't wire the cage to the t-post, so the deer can move the cage around to get all of the seed. The cage needs to be moveable.

This is a way that I've seen work very well...

RascalArms 04-24-2013 04:22 PM

Following

Bodey 04-24-2013 05:13 PM

We feed it on the ground. Fill up a small stock trailer once a week, drive around the ranch and put a pile beside the road every quarter mile or so. Come back a week later and you can't find one seed. Only time I've ever seen rain hurt it is if it rains heavy, for days and days on end. If that happens, you don't need any more cottonseed.

Aggieivy06 04-24-2013 05:34 PM

We bought a roll of 58-inch V-Mesh (165 ft) at Uvalco Supply Store and I think it ran a bit under $450. That's higher than giraffe tail but it beats the expense of pellet feeders by a long shot.

Here's what you'll need:

1. V-Mesh
2. Tape measurer
2. Bolt cutters
3. Hog rings (approximately 10 per feeder)
4. Hog ring clamps
5. T-posts (one per feeder)
6. T-post driver
7. Young men with strong backs to work (lots of stooping involved)
8. A drink to watch them work (or at least that's what my dad did while we built them)
9. Cottonseed (hard as hell to find right now)

We cut the pens 80 inches long with bolt cutters, overlapped the ends 3-4 inches and tied them together with hog rings. This was my first go around and they are surprisingly simple to make. We completed 14 of them in about an hour with one man cutting the length and two more following him tying them together. Of course, that does not count t-post drive time--and we had a few drinks before we began. We didn't use the whole role on this trip but (theoretically) it should make 24.75 feeders. We used 6-ft t-posts.

RascalArms 04-24-2013 05:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Bodey (Post 6931448)
We feed it on the ground. Fill up a small stock trailer once a week, drive around the ranch and put a pile beside the road every quarter mile or so. Come back a week later and you can't find one seed. Only time I've ever seen rain hurt it is if it rains heavy, for days and days on end. If that happens, you don't need any more cottonseed.

Hey Bodey, where are you getting the cotton seed? I am gonna try to build a few of these out at our lease between Big Lake and Ozona. I cut through San Angelo on the way and it would be nice to source some of this stuff down towards your neck of the woods.

Bodey 04-24-2013 08:40 PM

Check the Wall Coop and Gin, just east of San Angelo

RascalArms 04-24-2013 08:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Bodey (Post 6932369)
Check the Wall Coop and Gin, just east of San Angelo

Will do, know exactly where it is. Used to hunt out there off of Susan's Peak Rd around Marathon Oil. Thanks

texas shag 04-25-2013 08:43 PM

Pigs may not be able to eat it, but that doesnt stop them from thinking about it! :eek: Hopefully I can stick this bad boy before he does too much damage to all my feeding equipment. I dont know if hog panels will keep him out!


Onto the topic, I made mine 96" in length, so that when rolled up, they had about a 3' diameter. My feeders hold about 500 lbs a piece when full. I have had great success with them.

http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/w...ps4acc4d81.jpg

BonesandArrow 04-25-2013 09:35 PM

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Originally Posted by rtp (Post 6669652)
Where in Sinton did you get the cotton seed and do you know if they had anymore?

Fellas down south where Im at there are several Cotton Gins with tons of seed piled up. I live a few miles from Sinton. Get in tough with someone at Smith Gin in Odem, TX. There is also two others between Odem and Taft, not sure of the names. Im sure they would be glad to give it away unless they sell it in bulk.

Kincaid82 04-30-2013 09:55 PM

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RascalArms 05-01-2013 06:56 AM

^^^nice! Where are u hunting?

KR-oldmexico 05-01-2013 07:32 AM

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Originally Posted by dkj8287 (Post 6956717)

What's up with the gap in you pen and the 3 t-most there?

texas shag 05-01-2013 09:32 AM

Probably to let faws squeeze in, but keep hogs out. Piglets will obviously get into the pen, but wont be tall enough to get to the feed trough for corn/protein.

Thats just my guess, i could be wrong

RascalArms 05-02-2013 05:58 PM

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Originally Posted by KR-oldmexico (Post 6957439)
What's up with the gap in you pen and the 3 t-most there?

X2:confused:

Kincaid82 05-03-2013 12:30 AM

You're right. This is the first time I've tried leaving a small gap for fawns in our pens and curious to see how they work.

FCTrapper 05-03-2013 08:02 AM

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Feeding fawns is important. Here are a couple of exerts from a Ceasar Kleberg study on fawns and feed pens. Good job on making the gaps DKJ....;)b;)b;)b

If anyone would like the FULL pdf version of the study and their findings just pm me you email address.

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JMAG 05-03-2013 11:01 AM

FCTRAPPER i like your stuff brotha!!


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