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.