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#5612636 - 02/22/15 09:36 AM Protein Feeder Build?
j-thames Offline
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Registered: 11/10/10
Posts: 108
Loc: Stephenville
Hey Guys,
I'm working on building a protein feeder out of a 55 gallon drum. I'm making a three way drop tube out of 4" 14 gauge square tubing. I have seen that some of the protein feeder manufactures incorporate some type of flow regulator in the protein tube. Do you guys think this is necessary? I plan to put a triangular pyramid in the bottom to direct the flow to the three feed spouts and I could probably make some type of sleeve that would move up and down inside the drop tube that would regulate the flow over the pyramid but I would rather not. Let me know what you guys think. I guess I need to go buy a bag of protein and fill the tube up to see how it works...
Thanks,
Jason

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#5612689 - 02/22/15 10:13 AM Re: Protein Feeder Build? [Re: j-thames]
j-thames Offline
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#5614440 - 02/23/15 06:21 AM Re: Protein Feeder Build? [Re: j-thames]
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Depending how long your spouts are, feed might just continually fall out if you don't put a lip around the bottom.
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#5614532 - 02/23/15 07:49 AM Re: Protein Feeder Build? [Re: j-thames]
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You will need some sort of baffle system inside the upright tube or lip on the front of each port to slow the feed flow down. Go to a store who sells tube type feeders and see how each look. Lot of different designs out there.
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#5616731 - 02/23/15 09:19 PM Re: Protein Feeder Build? [Re: j-thames]
j-thames Offline
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Registered: 11/10/10
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Loc: Stephenville
Thanks for the response.
I will definitely put a lip on the end of each feed tube. Probably weld a piece of 3/8 rebar in the end. Ya'll think that will be sufficient?

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#5616819 - 02/23/15 10:07 PM Re: Protein Feeder Build? [Re: j-thames]
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Tape a piece of cardboard across it and then put feed it in to see what height you will need.
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#5616927 - 02/24/15 12:41 AM Re: Protein Feeder Build? [Re: j-thames]
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Remember weight of feed = pressure.

Using popcorn peanuts opposed to bags of corn will not get a good result.

Add in wind, barimetric pressure and humidity.

Otherwise known as trial and error. 2cents
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#5647547 - 03/11/15 10:14 PM Re: Protein Feeder Build? [Re: j-thames]
j-thames Offline
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Registered: 11/10/10
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Loc: Stephenville
Well I finally got around to finishing my protein feeder. Going to install at the lease this weekend bit thought I would post up some pics.
Made a pyramid to help direct the flow.

Cut the top out big enough to slide the 4" down piece into.

Here you see where I slid it down 2" to slow the flow down. Also used 3/8" rebar for a lip.

Here's a finished pic. It's sitting 40" off the ground.

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#5651048 - 03/14/15 11:01 AM Re: Protein Feeder Build? [Re: j-thames]
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Registered: 08/13/14
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Loc: Denton
That looks great. Did you slope the three ports, I did one out of 4" pvc put about 10-15 deg. Slope on the three ports, using corn and protein pellets. The corn slides fine but the pellets got stuck without the slope.

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#5653526 - 03/16/15 12:28 PM Re: Protein Feeder Build? [Re: j-thames]
j-thames Offline
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Registered: 11/10/10
Posts: 108
Loc: Stephenville
Thanks
Yep. There's about 5 degrees on the 3 ports.

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#5656893 - 03/18/15 01:31 PM Re: Protein Feeder Build? [Re: j-thames]
Hman Offline
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Loc: Nocona, TX
Looks good to me!
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