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Old 12-20-2018, 01:01 PM   #1
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Default Design Opinions - will 2 bucks eat from this protein tube at same time?

Building a protein feeder using Hammer System. Wanting a single down spout and a split feed head that can feed two deer/bucks at once, but want them on the same side of the feeder. I’m using 4” square tubing which I’ve used before and works fine. Below is my “Y” design drawn from an aerial view. With the angle and the inside edge of both feed openings being 5.5” apart, do you think 2 bucks would eat at same time or are the openings too close together?

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Old 12-20-2018, 02:00 PM   #2
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What's the distance between tubes? If you had 2 bucks with a decent spread I can't see that they will both be that close at the same time.
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Old 12-20-2018, 02:08 PM   #3
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What's the distance between tubes? If you had 2 bucks with a decent spread I can't see that they will both be that close at the same time.


Like the drawing shows, edges are 5” apart and center to center would be 9-10 inches apart.


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Old 12-20-2018, 02:32 PM   #4
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I would think they probably will not if tube openings are that close. If you extend the tubes to where you have a space about 24” or so or just open that angle up between the two tubes I think you could get two bucks at a time. I’ve never seen bucks feed with their heads that close to one another but hey you never know, I’m no expert, might work the way you have it drawn up.
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Old 12-20-2018, 02:41 PM   #5
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I think that Krivoman’s are pretty close, just not sure about the different angle.




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Old 12-20-2018, 03:02 PM   #6
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You'd be surprised what bucks will do with each other

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Old 12-20-2018, 03:04 PM   #7
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Not sure reason for having 2 tubes on same side. Deer having a tube their own is one thing but having to share the same place to stand is gonna be an issue. I am sure they will take turns but not nbn sure they will eat side by side standing right ne t to each other
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Old 12-21-2018, 01:47 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the input.... Decisions decisions......
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Old 12-21-2018, 03:49 PM   #9
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We used to use a feeder that had a tube coming down and four trays. One on each side. The bucks would only eat opposite from each other. I had my son build some feeders with a spout on each side of the bin so they weren’t looking directly at each other. They immediately ate from all four sides.
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Old 12-21-2018, 03:58 PM   #10
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We used to use a feeder that had a tube coming down and four trays. One on each side. The bucks would only eat opposite from each other. I had my son build some feeders with a spout on each side of the bin so they weren’t looking directly at each other. They immediately ate from all four sides.
So maybe I need to put a divider plate between the two tubes so to act as a visual barrier.....
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Old 12-22-2018, 10:02 AM   #11
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Their racks are gonna bump be-n that close together. I don't think they ain't gonna like it much. The further apart, or more distance they feel they have between each other, I'd think the more they feel they ain't infringing upon one another. There is still a pecking order, even though there is not a "rut". I'd give at least 24" between feed mouths, minimum. More if I could.
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Old 12-25-2018, 03:37 PM   #12
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:49 AM   #13
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Do you not have room to just make a T where they are opposite each other?
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:50 AM   #14
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Do you not have room to just make a T where they are opposite each other?


I might just have to do that exact thing. I should still be able to keep them on same side of feeder.


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Old 12-26-2018, 10:54 AM   #15
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Do you not have room to just make a T where they are opposite each other?


I want to keep overall height of feeder as low as possible due to location and efforts it will take to get feeder back there. Instead of feed dropping straight down as in a typical feeder, I want it to flow to the outside of feeder so deer aren’t standing under hopper and therefore hopper can be lower to the ground.


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