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#5566608 - 01/26/15 10:40 PM They will not eat on the protein feeder!!
billyhunt Offline
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I know I have a different situation than most, here they have browse all year long. During the winter they have wheat, and or oats. After, they have corn, maize and all of the hay fields to browse on. So what im asking is WHAT can I do to make them come to the protein feeder? Any and all advice is appreciated.

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#5566795 - 01/27/15 07:23 AM Re: They will not eat on the protein feeder!! [Re: billyhunt]
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Tough one with that many groceries available for them. May be wasting your money on protein
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#5566841 - 01/27/15 07:55 AM Re: They will not eat on the protein feeder!! [Re: billyhunt]
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Start them out on sweet feed. Gradually change to protein feed after they regularly eat the sweet feed.
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#5566858 - 01/27/15 08:08 AM Re: They will not eat on the protein feeder!! [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
Start them out on sweet feed. Gradually change to protein feed after they regularly eat the sweet feed.


this ^^^

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#5566888 - 01/27/15 08:27 AM Re: They will not eat on the protein feeder!! [Re: billyhunt]
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Yes, sweet feed may get them started, but if there is an abundance of good browse, they may be slow to start on protein. Could take a year or two depending on weather.
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#5566907 - 01/27/15 08:37 AM Re: They will not eat on the protein feeder!! [Re: billyhunt]
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My deer wouldn't touch protein until it got so dry, my oak trees started dying. Now they eat it pretty good, more during lean times, but they eat it. I like the sweet feed idea and I didn't try that, but when I had cows, they would always come into the feed area i had fed my cows.

I would mix some protein right in with the sweet feed and get them used to it right off the bat, then start lessening the sweet feed over time. Or maybe try mixing some molasses with some protein pellets in a ground trough/pan below your feeder.
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#5566911 - 01/27/15 08:38 AM Re: They will not eat on the protein feeder!! [Re: billyhunt]
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I put a protein feeder in the pen with a corn feeder. I mix corn with protein(50/50 mix) and only put a 5 gallon bucket or two in the feeder to start. Keep adding the mix till they eat all the mix. Then straight protein. I never fill a feeder to train deer to eat out of it. On a place where I knew the deer would be hard to train, I put 50# of straight corn in the protein feeder the first time to train the deer to eat out of it. Then put in the corn/protein mix the next time and gradually weaned the deer to straight protein. Jan-Feb or July-Aug can be the best months to train deer since usually range conditions and habitat can be the poorest. If you have a coon problem then expect problems of feed on the ground around the feeder with the corn/protein mix.
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#5567375 - 01/27/15 12:42 PM Re: They will not eat on the protein feeder!! [Re: billyhunt]
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It took the deer on my side of the ranch about 6 months to start eating the protein out of my protein feeder. I have an automatic feeder with corn right next to this protein feeder. The deer at first would only eat the corn and ignore the protein (I started feeding protein at the beginning of April). By October, I had a 9 pointer eating protein (only deer on camera eating protein). By November, I had 20 deer (does and bucks) eating protein. Here it is now, January 27,2015 and I have deer eating protein every day. We still have corn feeding and green oatpatches scattered around but they sure want those pellets. Just keep feeding it. I put vasaline petroleum jelly on the legs of my protein feeder and the raccoons cannot go up the legs to get the pellets. It works!

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#5567451 - 01/27/15 01:23 PM Re: They will not eat on the protein feeder!! [Re: billyhunt]
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Why do you want to feed protein when you have home grown groceries? Bunching animals up to feed them just promotes the spread of disease. I am not against supplemental feeding at all and do it myself in Dec/Jan/Feb when the natural groceries are low or hidden by snow.

I am really interested to know why. Wondering if I am missing out on something.

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#5568136 - 01/27/15 07:31 PM Re: They will not eat on the protein feeder!! [Re: billyhunt]
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Thanks everybody, I do. Gonna try some of what has been suggested. Pittstate I just want to try to help the bucks with some antler growth and the doe's might could use it. I understand what your saying, they might not even take to the protein but it might be worth while, cant hurt. Again thanks.

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#5568298 - 01/27/15 08:35 PM Re: They will not eat on the protein feeder!! [Re: billyhunt]
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If you consider protein as a "supplement" and they do not eat it...maybe they don't need it. On the other hand, they just may not have the game figured out yet. When I start a new location, I place a corn spinner in the pen with the protein feeder and let it run for awhile. I then add a corn/protein mix to the protein feeder and they will begin to sample it. Gradually switch over to 100% protein and finally, shut off the corn feeder. Make sure you have a game camera on the pen to monitor progress.
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#5569374 - 01/28/15 01:05 PM Re: They will not eat on the protein feeder!! [Re: billyhunt]
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I'm thinking if they've really got that much to eat at all times...there's really no point in trying to supplementally feed them. they're not going to show much interest in your corn feeders either with all that other stuff. they're already doing well nutritionally form the surroundings.

I'd set my stands up on the grain fields and other food sources that they are currently using...not worry about any feeders...and just focus on other areas of management. like water sources, habitat manipulation, herd density and composition.....no doubt with that much groceries you've probably got some outstanding birth and survival rates.
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#5570048 - 01/28/15 07:40 PM Re: They will not eat on the protein feeder!! [Re: billyhunt]
billyhunt Offline
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Erich they do come to my corn feeders, but just not to the protein feeder. But like you said and that's what I was wondering if they just don't really need it.

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#5570090 - 01/28/15 08:03 PM Re: They will not eat on the protein feeder!! [Re: billyhunt]
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Give them time and they will hit it. It took 2 months on one of our places to get them on it. 50/50 corn protein is a good start.

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#5570166 - 01/28/15 08:42 PM Re: They will not eat on the protein feeder!! [Re: billyhunt]
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Thanks luke072. up

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