I replaced the battery this morning. After getting the cover back on and wire tying the bandit cage I went for a walk about. The spinner started up before I got too far away. It never shut off . Ran back and undid it all and took the battery out. Luckily I have a complete new feeder in the barn that I can set next to the broken one.
I accidentally reversed the wires on a feeder once and it just ran continually until I disconnected it. Put it back right and it worked fine. I figure if I ever want to empty the feeder by myself I can do it again and move the feeder or whatever I want to do.
Hopefully you two are correct. I'll try it again. I did fish my readers out of the truck though to avoid just this possible error. (+) post in corner of battery. (-) post in center of the battery. Red on positive.