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#6118039 - 01/04/16 12:22 PM Hay ring around feeder
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A while back I posted about cows knocking over a feeder that was staked down and a hay ring was suggested to keep the cows away. I'm looking to put out a feeder or two for next year but it will be in a new location. As we are putting it in a spot we haven't tried before I don't want to waste time building a pen with cattle panels if the spot doesn't work out. For those that have used a hay ring how well does it work? I'm assuming the ring would need to be staked down and that some corn will end up in it and not get eaten. Hopefully the majority will be slung outside the ring and the deer can get after it. Thanks in advance for any input or advice.

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#6118041 - 01/04/16 12:24 PM Re: Hay ring around feeder [Re: rexmitchell]
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They will eat even the corn in the ring... and yes steak it down with a few tpost
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#6118042 - 01/04/16 12:25 PM Re: Hay ring around feeder [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
They will eat even the corn in the ring... and yes steak it down with a few tpost


There is nothing I can do to stop them from eating anything they can find, I'm just trying to keep the feeder upright long enough to assess if it would be a good spot for a feeder/blind next year. Another question, will most standard feeder legs fit entirely inside the ring?

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#6118071 - 01/04/16 12:42 PM Re: Hay ring around feeder [Re: rexmitchell]
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On time feeders fit perfect im sure they all will though... you could always put the legs through one of the smaller opening at the bottom if not
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#6118223 - 01/04/16 02:23 PM Re: Hay ring around feeder [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
On time feeders fit perfect im sure they all will though... you could always put the legs through one of the smaller opening at the bottom if not


That was my thought as well, all the rings I'm seeing locally are 8 feet around. Just don't want one with a solid base, although I guess I could just turn it upside down.

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#6118241 - 01/04/16 02:36 PM Re: Hay ring around feeder [Re: rexmitchell]
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Get a lighter one unless you got help at all times lol
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#6118242 - 01/04/16 02:37 PM Re: Hay ring around feeder [Re: rexmitchell]
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yeah no base
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#6118248 - 01/04/16 02:43 PM Re: Hay ring around feeder [Re: rexmitchell]
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Small pigs, coons and other small animals will eat everything that falls in the middle.
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#6118256 - 01/04/16 02:47 PM Re: Hay ring around feeder [Re: rexmitchell]
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Why not just use 2-3 cattle panels and make a temporary pen around the feeder? That way if it stays, part of the pen is already there and you aren't out any additional $ for a feeder ring? Just wire the ends together bottom/middle/top and you should be alright unless the cattle are super-agressive.
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#6118277 - 01/04/16 02:57 PM Re: Hay ring around feeder [Re: rexmitchell]
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If your hay ring is built like the one I used, I actually put it over the feeder upside down where the large opening was towards the ground. Worked to keep cows from knocking the feeder over and the gap at the bottom was large enough for does and fawns to slip under to get at the corn that was right under the feeder.

Mine looks like this, and I put the large gap down.
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#6118278 - 01/04/16 02:57 PM Re: Hay ring around feeder [Re: rickym]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
Get a lighter one unless you got help at all times lol


The ones I'm looking at are around 100 lbs and are three pieces.
Originally Posted By: rickym
Small pigs, coons and other small animals will eat everything that falls in the middle.


I know, again this is an exploratory thing. I just want to make sure deer are hitting the area and that we don't want to move it say 200 yrds away after we have built the pen.

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#6118281 - 01/04/16 02:59 PM Re: Hay ring around feeder [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
Why not just use 2-3 cattle panels and make a temporary pen around the feeder? That way if it stays, part of the pen is already there and you aren't out any additional $ for a feeder ring? Just wire the ends together bottom/middle/top and you should be alright unless the cattle are super-agressive.


That is an option, I guess the hay ring seems easier at this point, especially when we want to move. The cattle took down the last panels that weren't secured well enough. Also took down the barb wire we ran that wasn't up tight enough.

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#6118293 - 01/04/16 03:07 PM Re: Hay ring around feeder [Re: rexmitchell]
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Here is the style I'm looking at, could be flipped upside down to let the smaller deer in still. And yes the cows will be able to access it but again, Just trying to keep them from knocking the damn thing over.


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#6118302 - 01/04/16 03:10 PM Re: Hay ring around feeder [Re: rexmitchell]
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Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
Here is the style I'm looking at, could be flipped upside down to let the smaller deer in still. And yes the cows will be able to access it but again, Just trying to keep them from knocking the damn thing over.


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#6118511 - 01/04/16 05:20 PM Re: Hay ring around feeder [Re: rexmitchell]
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I actually tried this last year and it didn't stop the cows from knocking over the feeder. Only thing that worked for me was a t-post at every leg and tied up with bailing wire.

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