since I bought The Timer and a good new battery for the wife's yard feeder, all is well. That thing pays off with energy at precisely the right times. How nice. The morning feed is set for 7 am, and at 6:52 I looked out the window to see two does looking up at the feeder. They got bored and wandered over to a larger group about 75 yards away. Total of about 10 does. At 7, the feeder payed off loudly and a group of the younger does took off at a dead run for the corn. The older does just trotted. Momma is happy, I'm happy, and the deer are happy.
Thanks for the advice on The Timer.