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Old 05-15-2021, 10:19 AM   #101
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55 gallon drum cut in half with three 1/2Ē holes drilled in bottom for drain. Holds 125 pounds each. Lasts 7-10 days. They eat every drop.



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I like that idea.


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Old 05-15-2021, 11:16 AM   #102
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Worked on this design after several years of issues with busted wire, broomed off tines from being damaged in wire, forgetting to being a shovel and other problems.

This is what Iím going to start doing, getting to hot to be out there filling baskets.
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Old 05-28-2021, 05:22 PM   #103
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Old 05-28-2021, 11:30 PM   #104
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Old 01-18-2022, 12:00 PM   #105
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Old thread but good info here. Looks like 2x4" wire has become an acceptable alternative to V Mesh.

Love the concept of the tote cages, I wonder if you could take a trailer load of those to the gin, have them "bulk" filled and then not have to shovel as much. Just drag them off into your feed pen.
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Old 01-18-2022, 04:45 PM   #106
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These look fun to make. Do axis like cottonseed?
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Old 01-18-2022, 05:16 PM   #107
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Tote cages have their issues.

Iím really not sure what the best way is.

Weíve gone through wire mesh baskets. Dumping bulk on the ground and now tote cages. Thereís no perfect system.




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Old 01-18-2022, 05:40 PM   #108
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Tote cages have their issues.

Iím really not sure what the best way is.

Weíve gone through wire mesh baskets. Dumping bulk on the ground and now tote cages. Thereís no perfect system.




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Looks like you've combined tote with wire. Seems like a tote cage alone would be safer.
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Old 01-18-2022, 05:45 PM   #109
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Looks like you've combined tote with wire. Seems like a tote cage alone would be safer.
I use totes with wire at the top, to keep the seed from falling out and just the cage at the bottom.
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Old 01-18-2022, 06:37 PM   #110
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Old 01-18-2022, 06:50 PM   #111
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We are still using tote cages with no wire and having zero issues. One truck bed for me holds about 1200-1400 lbs. One truck bed fills up tote and the rest goes on the ground.






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Old 01-18-2022, 06:52 PM   #112
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Looks like you've combined tote with wire. Seems like a tote cage alone would be safer.

He got hung up on the tote where we cut holes in the wire so they can get the cottonseed better.


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Old 01-18-2022, 07:08 PM   #113
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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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I get mine out Columbus my lease in Charlotte south of San Antonio

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Old 01-18-2022, 07:52 PM   #114
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Don't worry about the Vmesh wire. The 2x4 wire works just as well. Alot cheaper to.
I used a plastic 55gal drum as the mold for the feeders. 1 tpost per feeder. Works great.
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Old 01-21-2022, 12:54 PM   #115
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Here. This should save everyone some time. Just buy one on Facebook for $100

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Old 01-21-2022, 01:30 PM   #116
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I guess they come preloaded.
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Old 01-21-2022, 01:34 PM   #117
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One of mine. Only been out a month and about gone allready.
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Old 01-21-2022, 03:15 PM   #118
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I'm still struggling with this. If you are just feeding one feeder then the truck bed and shovel method works. We are trying to put together a program for 12-15 feed stations.

So bags is just silly. Bulk a pickup load at a time isn't so good. A 20' trailer is better, but man that is a lot of shoveling on a monthly basis. The Haskell gin will only do a 40k lb live bottom trailer. So that is too much and still shoveling.

My thought was you load up a big trailer with 8-10 of these tote cages (with bottoms). You put side boards on your trailer, have the gin "bulk" load your trailer, thereby filling up all the totes. Of course there is extra that is all over the place, the side boards hold it in and you tarp the top. Then you drag the tote off the trailer into the feed pen (I can back the trailer into every pen no problem). Shovel/sweep off the extra from the trailer into the pen as well. I just need a place that can bulk load my trailer like that.

I just can't figure out a way that makes the overall cost savings worth the effort, labor and time.

The alternative is bulk protein. A feed bin on the ranch with a feed wagon. Initial cost is high on the equipment and feeders but it is actually operable by 1-2 guys when time to get feed out.

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Old 01-21-2022, 04:09 PM   #119
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I run three in my area. They are about 30” in diameter and takes one thousand pound super sack to fill all three. There are 4 of us on 1100 acres and all of us run the same amount in our areas. Doesn’t take long to fill them. Only summer months are tough when it’s 100 plus degrees out. These next two months deer will generally go though a couple thousand pounds, then hopefully the spring rains will arrive and they usually slow down to maybe 1000 lbs every two months.

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Old 01-21-2022, 04:57 PM   #120
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I'm still struggling with this. If you are just feeding one feeder then the truck bed and shovel method works. We are trying to put together a program for 12-15 feed stations.

So bags is just silly. Bulk a pickup load at a time isn't so good. A 20' trailer is better, but man that is a lot of shoveling on a monthly basis. The Haskell gin will only do a 40k lb live bottom trailer. So that is too much and still shoveling.

My thought was you load up a big trailer with 8-10 of these tote cages (with bottoms). You put side boards on your trailer, have the gin "bulk" load your trailer, thereby filling up all the totes. Of course there is extra that is all over the place, the side boards hold it in and you tarp the top. Then you drag the tote off the trailer into the feed pen (I can back the trailer into every pen no problem). Shovel/sweep off the extra from the trailer into the pen as well. I just need a place that can bulk load my trailer like that.

I just can't figure out a way that makes the overall cost savings worth the effort, labor and time.

The alternative is bulk protein. A feed bin on the ranch with a feed wagon. Initial cost is high on the equipment and feeders but it is actually operable by 1-2 guys when time to get feed out.

We get truckloads of sacks delivered feeding about 130-150klb a year and most of itís shoveled. I have a utility trailer and we will load it up with 4-6 sacks and a time and drive around shoveling cottonseed almost every weekend. Right now theyíre eating a basket (300-ish lbs) in 7-10 days, so with 22 stations itís a job.

We will use a tractor sometimes To dump full sacks into tote cages, but it seems like itís more work to drive the tractor around than just a truck/trailer with a couple snow shovels.
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Old 01-22-2022, 09:47 AM   #121
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I put one out two weeks ago here in East Texas. Nothing has touched it as of yet. I Still have hope!
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Old 01-24-2022, 03:08 PM   #122
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I put one out two weeks ago here in East Texas. Nothing has touched it as of yet. I Still have hope!
Put a spotlight on it.

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Old 01-25-2022, 11:36 AM   #123
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I put one out two weeks ago here in East Texas. Nothing has touched it as of yet. I Still have hope!
When we first started feeding cottonseed, it took a couple of months for them to figure it out. We have been feeding it from Jan. 1st through end of August every year for the past 5 years and now they eat through a basket of cottonseed (250-300lbs) every 30 days or so depending on the native browse. It may be more difficult and take longer for them to take to it in East Texas because there is a lot more rainfall and more browse readily available.
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Old 01-27-2022, 09:28 PM   #124
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We built these. They work great!
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Old 01-27-2022, 09:31 PM   #125
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Also repurposed some old Lehman protein feeders to make some cotton feeders


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Old 03-17-2022, 02:52 PM   #126
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Where did you find to buy cottonseed in Bosque County? Do they sell in bulk or only in bags? Thanks,
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Old 03-17-2022, 03:46 PM   #127
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Doss those look good
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Old 03-18-2022, 03:44 AM   #128
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Dosshunter. Those look great. Seems less falling out than my simple cages and off the ground.
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