I am trying to figure out something to put out for deer to feed rice bran in. Something that could be made easily and cheap, with a cover/roof to keep the rice bran dry and preferably off the ground. I have seen the live stock feeders and these would work, but are expensive and too big. I was trying to think of something smaller, home made, and more deer specific. Any ideas, experience or suggestions would be appreciated.
There's really not much to the ones that I've seen.
If I think about it, I'll try and take my camera and run down the road to my buddy's deer lease and snap a pic or two. They have a few feeders like you are talking about and even one corn feeder set up with a way to set the timer off from inside the deer stand.
I've seen one that was made out of 8 - 10 inch pipe. Put a T on it and tie it to a tree up side down. Put a bucket over the top to keep the water out. Put it high enough off the ground that the deer can eat out of it comfortably. The whole thing is about 4 foot tall.
Miller -Bowie Supply, in Texarkana, has some for sale, look like they be 4ft X 6ft.........made originally for feeding cattle, but the guy says they've sold several to deer hunters!! I think they are asking $300 a piece.............
I would go with the above cattle feeder style feeders. Go to Home Depot or Lowes. We usually have cull lumber for cheap in a bin. Buy some of that and go find you a cheap or free drum and cut in half. You could easily get out very cheap if you don't get in a hurry and shop around. You should ven be able to pick up cull shingles and osb for the roof. Or you could just use some old metal roofing. Hope this helps. Show us some pictures when you fnish.
Ive had good luck using it in a tube feeder. I dont have a turn out on the pipe I just tie a 5' piece of 4" sewer solid pipe to a tree and put a 4" sch. 40 cap on top and it works great for feeding bran. Just keep it about three inches off the ground.
I was looking at the pictures that were sent to you here. The problem is that, if you put bran in one of these and it rains, you have a mess of wet rice bran. "And deer will not eat wet rice bran"
I have been feeding rice bran for years and have come up with a gravity feeder that seems to work well. The feed tray is can be built to where it would be 30 to 36 inches off the ground. This will help in keeping the hogs out. Hogs are a real problem in South Arkansas where I hunt. I feel that I have designed something that will keep hogs from eating all my deer feed.
I have been feeding out of a sealed trough style feeder the past 3 years and will try to get pics of it also. You will be able to build one of these for a lot less then $100 bucks and it will last you for years.
I do not feed rice bran by itself. I blend a product called Bull Ration with whole corn and soybean mill, very high in protein. You can get all of this at Oakley Feed with locations in Beebe, and North Little Rock, or you may be able to find you local coop, or feed stores
My blend is:
2- Bags or 80 lbs Bull Ration (has some rice bran already) $4.50
2- Bags or 100 lbs Whole Corn $5.35
1/2 bag or 50 lbs Rice Bran $7.00
5th bag or 10 lbs Soy Bean Mill (47% protein) $14.00
Reason of the blend is so that your feed will flow through your feeder, and it is a very good for your deer’s digestive track. You can also add about 1 cup or 8 oz of stockman 4% mineral salt ($9.50 50 lbs bag) to the above blend. This will give them there minerals and vitamins. Very important during summer and late fall feeding to grow better horns on your bucks.
I have attached several pictures below. These are some older pics that I took when I blended corn with deer/elk pellets. Pellets got so high when corn went up and I changed my blend to what I stated above.
If you need more or better pics let me know. I will be in the woods this weekend and I will try to take more and send later.
This is my first time on this site and I hope that these picturs come through.
Millenium makes a rice bran barrel feeder that works on a timer. It comes with a tripod and a bracket to mount to a tree. They had it at the big buck classic year before last when I was working at a differant booth. It has an augere and a way to keep the bran from packing up.