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Old 03-13-2019, 05:45 PM   #1
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Default Letís see your cottonseed setups

We just put out some cottonseed out at our place in freer in the snowmen. Just curious how long it took yalls deer to start eating it. I got a few pics of deer eating corn that we threw by the base of the feeders. Just wanted to see yalls setups. I love looking at other peopleís stuff to get some ideas. Thanks
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Old 03-13-2019, 05:50 PM   #2
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I don't have any pics, but initially it took close to a week for them to figure it out. NOW when we fill tubes, it takes about 30 minutes to have the first visitors. We used concrete wire and made tubes approximately 2-3' in diameter. Due to how much comes out the bottom and around the sides (like a sand castle builds) we may cut the tubes in half and use two tubes that are 3' tall instead of one 6'
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:59 PM   #3
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That sounds pretty cool, I have a trail cam that sends me pics on my phone and have some deer there now, just gonna take a bit
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:30 PM   #4
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Donít over think it. Start em off with some corn on top and maybe around the edges. If you have any deer density at all they will find it and take to it eventually.

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Old 03-13-2019, 08:38 PM   #5
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One of ours. We have two baskets per feed pen to reduce competition for feed at each basket. I think we fed over 40 tons last year.

Deer take to it quickly. If they have never seen it, best to sprinkle some corn on the top of the seed pile and on top of the seed overflow on the ground. That way the deer start consuming it accidentally. They will get hooked in short order.


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Old 03-13-2019, 09:13 PM   #6
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One of ours. We have two baskets per feed pen to reduce competition for feed at each basket. I think we fed over 40 tons last year.

Deer take to it quickly. If they have never seen it, best to sprinkle some corn on the top of the seed pile and on top of the seed overflow on the ground. That way the deer start consuming it accidentally. They will get hooked in short order.


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Thatís exactly what I did, and dang thatís a heck of a buck
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Old 03-13-2019, 09:48 PM   #7
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Here is what I use in my two pens...

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1500lbs last about 7 weeks
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1200lbs lasted about 6 weeks at this pen
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^^^
You can see they have moved the tote frame around to get at all the seed in the bottom left pic above. They push it around pretty good when it gets low. Once had them push it completely out of my Covert picture frame.




This pic below was before I took the floor off of the frame (which I highly recommend for giving the deer the ability to move it around) but I posted this to tell you to not worry about getting every single bit in the feeder. I was a little OCD about it while filling but those suckers will pick it clean....even stuff that gets rained on and stomped into the mud. They will dig it out and get every last seed as you can see in this before and after pic.



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Old 03-13-2019, 10:04 PM   #8
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Son of a gun, that’s awesome, thanks for the response
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Old 03-13-2019, 10:28 PM   #9
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I do the baskets and it works well for us. I have two set up in two different pens. I feed about 1000lbs every two months right now as it is really green on our place in Southern Jim Hogg county.

I did see this set up at the Valero store in Benavides the other day and thought it was a pretty bright idea. He put a slide in the center to keep the seed moving down out of the tote and disperse it evenly till empty. Nothing left out of reach. I may build one like it. Looks very simple.
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Old 03-14-2019, 01:06 AM   #10
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I do the baskets and it works well for us. I have two set up in two different pens. I feed about 1000lbs every two months right now as it is really green on our place in Southern Jim Hogg county.



I did see this set up at the Valero store in Benavides the other day and thought it was a pretty bright idea. He put a slide in the center to keep the seed moving down out of the tote and disperse it evenly till empty. Nothing left out of reach. I may build one like it. Looks very simple.


You donít need that slide in the center. Guys who introduced me to using the totes said it was more of a pita than it was worth. The frame is easily moveable by the deer as you can see in my pics. They eat around it until they need to move it.
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:34 PM   #11
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I was worried about the waste in the ground but you guys say they will eat it off the ground?
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:47 PM   #12
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I was worried about the waste in the ground but you guys say they will eat it off the ground?


Did you see my picture ? I canít reiterate it enough how there is no waste if you have hungry deer. That is a legitimate before and after pic.
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Old 03-14-2019, 03:05 PM   #13
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I was worried about the waste in the ground but you guys say they will eat it off the ground?
once hooked on the feed, they will clean up everything. No need to worry about that.

but even if they didn't, whats the worst that would happen? a few little white fuzzballs in your feeder pen?
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Old 03-14-2019, 04:00 PM   #14
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Speaking of white ... any white you see in the last pic I provided of the after are rocks. .
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Old 03-14-2019, 06:56 PM   #15
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Yes sir I can see the before and after pics, incredible
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Old 03-15-2019, 07:59 AM   #16
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Smart - what do the wire for the totes cost and where do you buy them? Thanks
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Old 03-15-2019, 08:34 AM   #17
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This is a newbie question but are yall feeding straight cotton seed or cotton seed hulled
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Old 03-15-2019, 08:52 AM   #18
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This is a newbie question but are yall feeding straight cotton seed or cotton seed hulled
straight cotton seed. If you call a Gin and tell them you need "whole cotton seed" they will know exactly what you need. You don't want the hulls for deer.
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Smart - what do the wire for the totes cost and where do you buy them? Thanks



They are the metal support cages around water totes. I pulled the bladders out and the floors off to get to what I use. I had one tote with a hole in it from my feedpen setups I tore apart and then I placed an ad on TBH in the classifieds to buy or remove a few that folks wanted to get rid of.....I was looking for bad totes or ones they didn't want in their way anymore. Got quite a few replies and got the rest of mine for free. I don't think they are readily available for sale at tote places because they can easily just slide another bladder in or replace a valve and they are back in business. I would look to find somebody who wants to get rid of some or find somebody selling totes cheap ($30 or less) and get em that way. Doesn't take much at all to break them down.....10-15 minutes tops.



I like them because they hold a lot of seed, don't require a tpost in our rocky terrain, they don't smash or bend since they are so rigid, and when I am done with them for the year I just pull the cage off to the side out of the way and it sits until January.



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straight cotton seed. If you call a Gin and tell them you need "whole cotton seed" they will know exactly what you need. You don't want the hulls for deer.
Thank You Sir
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:37 AM   #21
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This is my setup. 2x4 square wire, 3' diameter, 60" H. Each cage will hold +-500#. They eat it up.
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:53 AM   #22
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I have 2 in each pen. Think I will try Smartís setup for my new pen this summer. I feed Jan-Sept. each wire tube holds about 300lbs.



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One of ours. We have two baskets per feed pen to reduce competition for feed at each basket. I think we fed over 40 tons last year.

Deer take to it quickly. If they have never seen it, best to sprinkle some corn on the top of the seed pile and on top of the seed overflow on the ground. That way the deer start consuming it accidentally. They will get hooked in short order.


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That deer looks crazy familiar! Nice setups
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Old 03-15-2019, 12:40 PM   #24
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That deer looks crazy familiar! Nice setups
He is a cool buck. Has a year or two left before he is under consideration. Will be fun to follow.
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Old 03-15-2019, 12:59 PM   #25
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Do the pigs mess with? I want to try it out but only have 2 feed pens set up as of now.
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:33 PM   #26
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An there are a lot of you guys hunting around freer like me
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Old 03-18-2019, 08:44 AM   #27
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I am not far from freer. Last year I tried it on my place for the first time and put out 1000 pounds between 2 setups I had penned in with protein in February . I kept dressing it up and turning it trying to keep it fresh but when I finally tore them down in August I would guess the deer had only eaten 100-200 pounds total out of it so I will not be doing it again on my place.
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Old 03-18-2019, 02:43 PM   #28
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An there are a lot of you guys hunting around freer like me
I hunt just out of Freer. Our deer hammer cottonseed. Weíve been feeding it fior several years. It took about 2 weeks for them to start eating it when we first put it out. All we did was put corn on the overflow that was on the ground. Now when we put it out at the end of season, I bet they start hitting it within a day.
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I am not familiar with cotton seed feeding, does it offer nutrients for the deer? is it cheap to acquire? what are the pros and cons of it versus just protein feed? thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts!
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Old 03-19-2019, 05:45 PM   #30
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Trailer holds 2500 pounds of cotton seed. 24HP motor moves 200 pounds of cotton seed a minute.
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Old 03-19-2019, 05:59 PM   #31
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Old 03-20-2019, 07:34 PM   #32
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That’s a serious setup
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