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#6187361 - 02/17/16 10:38 AM Question about weed management in feeder pen
StephensCnty308 Offline
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Registered: 07/27/15
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Loc: Stephens county
Last May when I purchased my property it came with one feeder Pen and 1 feeder inside. One thing I noticed right off was the over abundance of weeds and grass growing inside of this pen and around it! It looked like a jungle ( of course it did we had a lot of rain and no one kept up with it )
After purchasing the property I took a weedeater to it and kept the weeds down at ground level throughout the rest of the year. Now I know this is more of a Cosmetic thing probably for the owner than the deer however when the weeds are as tall as the hog panels that's pathetic.
Warm temps are here again and weeds are slowly sprouting again.

I thought about spraying however chemicals near a feeder or inside a feeder pen can't be good or can it?


What do you guys recommend? Just keep hitting it with a weedeater every few months or spray and if so with what?

Thanks

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#6187371 - 02/17/16 10:45 AM Re: Question about weed management in feeder pen [Re: StephensCnty308]
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Roundup

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#6187376 - 02/17/16 10:51 AM Re: Question about weed management in feeder pen [Re: StephensCnty308]
Jimbo1 Offline
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I got some stuff at HD or Lowes, think it's HT something or another. Weed/shrub killer Cheap, same ingredients as Roundup, works great, use with a hand sprayer. Never bothered the animals either.

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#6187381 - 02/17/16 10:55 AM Re: Question about weed management in feeder pen [Re: StephensCnty308]
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Our deer keep the weeds stomped down enough to where we don't have that problem. Of course we pay overtime for this because we run the feeders all year round also.
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#6187387 - 02/17/16 10:57 AM Re: Question about weed management in feeder pen [Re: StephensCnty308]
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Me too. Run your feeder year round and you will not have a weed problem.
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#6187420 - 02/17/16 11:31 AM Re: Question about weed management in feeder pen [Re: StephensCnty308]
Texas Dan Online   content
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Originally Posted By: StephensCnty308
I thought about spraying however chemicals near a feeder or inside a feeder pen can't be good or can it?


Roundup is commonly sprayed on "Roundup Ready" corn and other crops to kill weeds. The active ingredient in Roundup and comparable products is absorbed through the leaves to kill the plant by destroying the roots. It's my understanding there is little trace of it after a few days.

Tractor Supply sells a comparable product with a higher percentage of the active ingredient at a much lower cost per volume.
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#6187439 - 02/17/16 11:43 AM Re: Question about weed management in feeder pen [Re: StephensCnty308]
redchevy Offline
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Are you running the feeder? Deer should keep it pretty beat down.
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#6187490 - 02/17/16 12:15 PM Re: Question about weed management in feeder pen [Re: StephensCnty308]
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Open the pen up during the off season and let the hogs beat it down.

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#6187507 - 02/17/16 12:26 PM Re: Question about weed management in feeder pen [Re: StephensCnty308]
StephensCnty308 Offline
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Registered: 07/27/15
Posts: 266
Loc: Stephens county
Thank you everyone for the info !!!!!

All very good info as I will try a few idea's

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#6187568 - 02/17/16 01:29 PM Re: Question about weed management in feeder pen [Re: ZK-315]
Txduckman Online   content
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Originally Posted By: ZK-315
Open the pen up during the off season and let the hogs beat it down.


And you have a free lake when it rains!!!

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#6187853 - 02/17/16 04:45 PM Re: Question about weed management in feeder pen [Re: Txduckman]
ChrisB Online   content
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I like the extra cover when they put their head down to eat since I mostly bow hunt.

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#6188669 - 02/18/16 08:37 AM Re: Question about weed management in feeder pen [Re: StephensCnty308]
EddieWalker Offline
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Registered: 08/06/14
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Roundup and it's cheaper versions is just a type of salt that is harmless for animals. My pet pig loves the taste of it and will drink all he can when I'm spraying my fence line.

Having said that, I wouldn't use it if I had anything that was pregnant or lactating.



Edited by EddieWalker (02/18/16 08:37 AM)

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#6193223 - 02/21/16 01:11 PM Re: Question about weed management in feeder pen [Re: StephensCnty308]
Mrs. Mahan Offline
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Registered: 01/08/16
Posts: 62
Loc: North Texas
You might consider reseeding a food plot after spraying. If you leave the soil bare, weeds will grow back.

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#6193536 - 02/21/16 06:06 PM Re: Question about weed management in feeder pen [Re: StephensCnty308]
The Point Offline
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Registered: 01/02/16
Posts: 45
Loc: Rowlett, TX
I put down thick black plastic for 30 days or more depending on the temperature. The lack of light and heat will kill everything. If there is bermuda, it will come back but the weeds are killed. New seeds will can come up later same as if you sprayed. You'll find it does a much better job than spraying. You will need rocks or bricks to weigh the plastic down.

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#6193560 - 02/21/16 06:25 PM Re: Question about weed management in feeder pen [Re: StephensCnty308]
Caliche Kid Offline
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Registered: 03/20/15
Posts: 94
Loc: West Texas
Just run the feeder all year feeding every other day or once a day for 3 seconds depending on your timer capabilities. Corn is much cheaper than herbicides.

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