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#5725711 - 05/01/15 07:11 PM Homemade feeder question
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After looking at pricing on new feeders I've decided I can build my own for far less. All in, parts will cost me about $100 and the labor is free. (If you don't count the cost of beer) My question is this, they're going to be 55 gallon food grade drums, is a funnel absolutely necessary, or is it more of a recommendation?
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#5725733 - 05/01/15 07:29 PM Re: Homemade feeder question [Re: kmkellar]
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No, a funnel is not necessary but after you have to clean it out every so often if you don't put one in. If you leave that corn down around the bottom edges for a couple of years it will break from ever building one without a funnel after that. Nasty is all I can say sick
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#5725765 - 05/01/15 07:59 PM Re: Homemade feeder question [Re: kmkellar]
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A bit of fermentation? cheers
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#5725804 - 05/01/15 08:37 PM Re: Homemade feeder question [Re: kmkellar]
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Spend $20 at Basspro for an adjustable funnel, you wont regret it.

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#5725805 - 05/01/15 08:38 PM Re: Homemade feeder question [Re: kmkellar]
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More corn sitting to long. Then getting brown bugs and weevils in it that turn it to powder. It then turns to mush or sludge. Might even get a few maggots in it.
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#5725818 - 05/01/15 08:45 PM Re: Homemade feeder question [Re: kmkellar]
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Ok. No desire for maggot infested corn. Material price just went to $120. up
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#5725903 - 05/01/15 10:15 PM Re: Homemade feeder question [Re: kmkellar]
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It also helps with the flow of the corn. Ime it sometimes tends to clog at the opening without a funnel. I went with steel funnels.
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#5727763 - 05/03/15 09:25 PM Re: Homemade feeder question [Re: kmkellar]
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#5731152 - 05/06/15 05:59 AM Re: Homemade feeder question [Re: kmkellar]
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Also it will stop throwing corn when it gets low....it builds up and empties right at the hole.
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#5731287 - 05/06/15 08:26 AM Re: Homemade feeder question [Re: kmkellar]
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As stated, go with a galvanized metal funnel. You'll be happy you did in the long run.
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#5731385 - 05/06/15 09:34 AM Re: Homemade feeder question [Re: kmkellar]
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I found a lid to a Weber grill on the side of the hwy. Have been using it for a funnel for a long time
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#5733076 - 05/07/15 10:43 AM Re: Homemade feeder question [Re: kmkellar]
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I didn't put a funnel in my homemade feeders. I drilled holes in the bottom of the 55 gallon drum so water can leak out, haven't had a problem with spoiled corn.

Having said that, I have some thin scrap metal lying around and have been thinking about making a funnel.
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#5733516 - 05/07/15 03:59 PM Re: Homemade feeder question [Re: Gone to Texas]
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I didn't put a funnel in my homemade feeders. I drilled holes in the bottom of the 55 gallon drum so water can leak out, haven't had a problem with spoiled corn.

Having said that, I have some thin scrap metal lying around and have been thinking about making a funnel.


you will get corn accumulation and rotting around the edges of the bottom of the barrel from sitting there so long that can't fall through the center hole and onto the spinner plate. It's not for water. No way to get around it except a funnel plus it feeds a little "smoother"
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#5736595 - 05/09/15 07:52 PM Re: Homemade feeder question [Re: kmkellar]
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never used s funnel. Never had a problem with rotted corn etc. only time that happened was when I used s plastic lid and critters chewed a hole it and it rained and corn molded.

I like for there to be a little corn left in the bottom of my barrel in case I show up and forgot to fill barrel. I just shake and a it and a little falls out.
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#5743463 - 05/14/15 08:30 AM Re: Homemade feeder question [Re: kmkellar]
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I have always used funnels in feeders that I've built. You're gonna have corn along the feeder sides if yhou don't have funnel. They are not expensive.
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