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#6625870 - 01/10/17 11:46 AM Homemade protein feeder
DTack Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/05/14
Posts: 24
I know there are some things out on youtube that show people making homemade protein feeders. However, I wanted to ask you guys on here. I was looking into building one out of a 55 gallon drum and then just purchasing a gravity tube feeder from Academy along with the funnel obviously. Any hints from those of you that may have made your own? How long should the legs be and whats the easiest point to attach them (is it better in one place or the other - bottom of barrel, middle)?

I don't feel like spending $200+ for a feeder when i can make one for about $75 or so... any suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks

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#6625896 - 01/10/17 12:00 PM Re: Homemade protein feeder [Re: DTack]
titan2232 Offline
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Registered: 12/29/14
Posts: 3279
Loc: Conroe, TX
I've been down the "homemade" protein feeder road and wish I wouldn't have wasted my time and energy.

The CLEAR 4" PVC pipe coming down from the barrel was nice on my set-up since my game camera would often capture pictures as the feeder was going empty (easy to tell how long your protein lasts)

FYI: My 85 gallon feeder only lasted an average of two weeks
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#6625897 - 01/10/17 12:01 PM Re: Homemade protein feeder [Re: DTack]
titan2232 Offline
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Loc: Conroe, TX
Forgot to mention the funnel hole needs to be at least double the size of a normal broadcast feeder.
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#6625902 - 01/10/17 12:03 PM Re: Homemade protein feeder [Re: DTack]
TEXASLEFTY Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/26/07
Posts: 7022
Loc: The Island Cres
I plan to build a ptotein feeder and have ask a few friends that have this style. The bottom of the tube needs to be about 54" to slow down the hogs and.... mix in some corn or the protein will clump up.

I have a 55 drum feeder already and plan to add the hopper academy sells and just try it. I will come back to this bread with any updates.....

Good luck and hope it works out for both of us!
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#6625918 - 01/10/17 12:09 PM Re: Homemade protein feeder [Re: DTack]
ThreePeppers Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 11/06/06
Posts: 394
Loc: Fort Worth/Kent County
I made two last year. The best thing to do is find a way to hold up the barrel after you attach the spout. I was able to do that here at work with a forklift. I set the spout about 38-40" off the floor then take the legs and brackets you'll be using and mark where they should go. Middle of the barrel definitely makes for easier access than the bottom. I did one both ways due to the legs I was using. On one I used either 8' or 10' fence poles from home depot and then other was made from the enclosure supports from an old trampoline. On both I used the flat sheet metal funnels that can be formed into a cone. I also went with the Wildgame plastic lids from Academy instead of the locking metal lids I had because condensation would develop due to lack of air flow.





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#6626018 - 01/10/17 12:57 PM Re: Homemade protein feeder [Re: DTack]
Hunter Daddy Offline
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Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 95
The pictures above are exactly the way to build your homemade protein feeder. But do put a plastic lid or cover over the top because of your pellets getting the condensation from a "too tight" lid. I would have the spouts about 38" from the ground for a south texas deer or 35" from the ground for a hill country deer. I definitely would surround the protein pellet feeders with 16' long hog panels (at least 8 panels.)

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#6626087 - 01/10/17 01:42 PM Re: Homemade protein feeder [Re: DTack]
DTack Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/05/14
Posts: 24
Thanks guys for the help. I already have the hog panels set up around my corn feeder - i probably will just expand that feed pen.

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#6626686 - 01/10/17 08:04 PM Re: Homemade protein feeder [Re: DTack]
nehntr Offline
Tracker

Registered: 04/15/08
Posts: 593
Loc: Buda Tx


Here's a couple I made
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#6629960 - 01/12/17 08:10 PM Re: Homemade protein feeder [Re: DTack]
nocknload Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 12/01/13
Posts: 56
Loc: DFW
Wondering if the Wildgame plastic lids work. I have an issue with my feeders and humidity inside the feeder.

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#6630052 - 01/12/17 08:48 PM Re: Homemade protein feeder [Re: nocknload]
TEXASLEFTY Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/26/07
Posts: 7022
Loc: The Island Cres
Originally Posted By: nocknload
Wondering if the Wildgame plastic lids work. I have an issue with my feeders and humidity inside the feeder.


Never leave looked at the brand but.... I use the lids from academy and have not had problems with them...
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#6630143 - 01/12/17 09:42 PM Re: Homemade protein feeder [Re: TEXASLEFTY]
dlrz71 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 9109
Loc: Arlington, Tx/Coke Cnty
Originally Posted By: TEXASLEFTY
Originally Posted By: nocknload
Wondering if the Wildgame plastic lids work. I have an issue with my feeders and humidity inside the feeder.


Never leave looked at the brand but.... I use the lids from academy and have not had problems with them...


2 seasons ago all of our feeders had the galvanized lids except one of my brothers which had the black plastic lid. It was the only feeder that would clog up. We figured it was causing condensation/humidity in the barrel and causing the dust to stick together and clog the funnel.
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#6634247 - 01/15/17 07:33 PM Re: Homemade protein feeder [Re: DTack]
TEXASLEFTY Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/26/07
Posts: 7022
Loc: The Island Cres
Picked up a 55 gallon barrel this week and a leg kit from Amazon, a forum member has offered a homemade hopper and used inside funnel. I will keep y'all updated with pics and progress.

https://www.amazon.com/American-Hunter-Adapter-Pound-Feeder/dp/B000FGS1S2

dlrz71, thanks for the heads up!!! I have used them for the last decade or so but... if I EVER get condensation inside one the lid will get replaced first. I have had dirt dobber nests in my funnel causing the feeder to clog but never condensation.
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#6636707 - 01/17/17 01:22 PM Re: Homemade protein feeder [Re: nehntr]
Gobblero Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 06/25/13
Posts: 46
Originally Posted By: nehntr


Here's a couple I made


Looks great..What does the 4x4 attach to?

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#6637325 - 01/17/17 08:07 PM Re: Homemade protein feeder [Re: DTack]
nehntr Offline
Tracker

Registered: 04/15/08
Posts: 593
Loc: Buda Tx
A 10" 1/4" square plate with a welded 6" piece of 4" square tubing bolted to barrel with 4 bolts
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#6642247 - 01/20/17 10:20 PM Re: Homemade protein feeder [Re: DTack]
TEXASLEFTY Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/26/07
Posts: 7022
Loc: The Island Cres
Little update thru pics....







Started installing the leg bracket kit, I plan to cut the actual legs too length so the hopper is the correct hieght. Looks like a 55 gallon barrel will hold 400lbs of protein so my plan is 5 50lbs bags of protein and however much corn it will hold.....

Thru in a pic of the lid and funnel AND my 4" hole saw is completely dulled so I need to go get one...
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