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#5655980 - 03/17/15 10:58 PM Is it a good idea to go without a feeder pen?
hunting0921 Offline


Registered: 03/31/09
Posts: 77
Loc: Wylie,Texas
I'm debating whether to go with or without a feeder pen. We do have a few cows on the place so I'm a little concerned about that. thought I would get some opinions/votes here on the forum

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#5655984 - 03/17/15 11:07 PM Re: Is it a good idea to go without a feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
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I always have a feed pen if there are any type of livestock or wild hogs in a pasture. Just cattle hanging around a feeder can be as bad as hogs as far as keeping deer away. Sooner or later they both will destroy a feeder when it gets dry enough and they get hungry enough.
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#5655993 - 03/17/15 11:20 PM Re: Is it a good idea to go without a feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
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Put pens up, I had cows jump and knock down a flimsy pen and destroy my feeder. Take the time to make sure it's done right and you will have no issues.
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#5656014 - 03/17/15 11:53 PM Re: Is it a good idea to go without a feeder pen? [Re: stxranchman]
hunting0921 Offline


Registered: 03/31/09
Posts: 77
Loc: Wylie,Texas
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
I always have a feed pen if there are any type of livestock or wild hogs in a pasture. Just cattle hanging around a feeder can be as bad as hogs as far as keeping deer away. Sooner or later they both will destroy a feeder when it gets dry enough and they get hungry enough.


Good call pen it is

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#5656066 - 03/18/15 01:31 AM Re: Is it a good idea to go without a feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
68A Offline
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Registered: 09/29/12
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If you don't, just toss all the money you spend on a feeder and corn in the trash.

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#5656073 - 03/18/15 02:40 AM Re: Is it a good idea to go without a feeder pen? [Re: 68A]
BOONER Offline
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Registered: 10/26/09
Posts: 5194
Loc: Brownwood,Tx
Originally Posted By: 68A
If you don't, just toss all the money you spend on a feeder and corn in the trash.


I'm not a big fan of pens, so I hang mine from a tree.

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#5656074 - 03/18/15 02:47 AM Re: Is it a good idea to go without a feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
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I have a feeder that doesn't have a pen around it and haven't had an issue. The cows will come by but they don't hang around long enough to cause any problems. They haven't knocked it down in about 12 years, but they could. I have them around the other 3 sets.

If I had hogs, goats, sheep, etc., I would have one around all my feeders.

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#5656249 - 03/18/15 08:09 AM Re: Is it a good idea to go without a feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
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If you have cows or hogs, it's the worst idea you could ever have.
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#5656259 - 03/18/15 08:14 AM Re: Is it a good idea to go without a feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
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You can go without if you get the right type of feeder design. I have found mature bucks are very skittish jumping into a feeder pen and rarely do. Unless they grow up around it, then they will.

I have sets with a pen and without. If you have hungry cows that don't have enough grass, they will be a problem. Hogs will be one as well, so the feeder design has to be able to withstand hog abuse.

You will get more consistent deer visits if your in hog country by building a pen around your feeder. Just not from mature bucks that haven't grown up feeding there.
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#5656262 - 03/18/15 08:18 AM Re: Is it a good idea to go without a feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
cameron00 Offline
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Registered: 01/08/09
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Loc: Texas
I guess it depends on the nature of the particular cow.

I had a whopping 2 cows get into my pasture a few years back and 1 of my feeders looked like a soda can that had been run over by a cement truck. Absolute annihilation.

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#5656311 - 03/18/15 08:51 AM Re: Is it a good idea to go without a feeder pen? [Re: txshntr]
stxranchman Offline
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Originally Posted By: txshntr
I have a feeder that doesn't have a pen around it and haven't had an issue. The cows will come by but they don't hang around long enough to cause any problems. They haven't knocked it down in about 12 years, but they could. I have them around the other 3 sets.

If I had hogs, goats, sheep, etc., I would have one around all my feeders.

I have heard grin that the cattle on your lease understand what could happen to them if they do destroy a feeder.....steak, it's what's for dinner peep
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#5656328 - 03/18/15 09:00 AM Re: Is it a good idea to go without a feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
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Registered: 02/25/09
Posts: 4501
Loc: Burleson Texas
If it only to keep cattle honest and away from feeder use trampoline frames. I have been using them for about five years and have had no cattle damage. No hogs on our lease so that was not an issue. I mainly bow hunt and did not want any type of fence panels or fabric to deflect arrows.




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#5656389 - 03/18/15 09:41 AM Re: Is it a good idea to go without a feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
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Have hang em hi crank up feeders on our place with no pens. In 10 years hogs have had no effect on the feeders other than chasing off the deer. Had cattle with them for a year or so and no problems with them either. The hogs are preventing deer from using our feeders, especially during the summer, so we are penning most of them.
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#5656771 - 03/18/15 12:39 PM Re: Is it a good idea to go without a feeder pen? [Re: stxranchman]
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Registered: 09/24/10
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Loc: Mansfield, Texas
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: txshntr
I have a feeder that doesn't have a pen around it and haven't had an issue. The cows will come by but they don't hang around long enough to cause any problems. They haven't knocked it down in about 12 years, but they could. I have them around the other 3 sets.

If I had hogs, goats, sheep, etc., I would have one around all my feeders.

I have heard grin that the cattle on your lease understand what could happen to them if they do destroy a feeder.....steak, it's what's for dinner peep


They learn faster than what most people give them credit for grin

And one cow goes a loooong way grin

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#5657315 - 03/18/15 05:27 PM Re: Is it a good idea to go without a feeder pen? [Re: hunting0921]
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I might have to build a simple barbed wire pen around a couple of mine before next year unless the LO reduces the number of cattle on our place. They haven't damaged the feeders but I have them staked down pretty solid with T-posts drove in pretty deep at an inward angle ... BUT ... they have figured out what the rattle is when the feeder goes off and come in a whole lot better than the deer do. See below:

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