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#6626062 - 01/10/17 01:25 PM Homemade cages around your automatic feeder
Hunter Daddy Offline
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Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 96
Instead of purchasing the cages from Walmart or Academy for $25 bucks each, who builds their own homemade cages around their timers? I need to make 6 cages for 6 feeders. I'm not spending $150 bucks when perhaps I can put some sturdy fence wire or something else to keep the raccoons at bay.

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#6626376 - 01/10/17 05:05 PM Re: Homemade cages around your automatic feeder [Re: Hunter Daddy]
twinbubba Offline
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Registered: 08/20/09
Posts: 2505
Loc: DFW
I have built a few. I got the wire mesh either from Home Depot or Tractor Supply.
Easy to build.
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#6627113 - 01/11/17 07:10 AM Re: Homemade cages around your automatic feeder [Re: Hunter Daddy]
bholt Offline
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Registered: 04/28/06
Posts: 688
Loc: Georgetown,TX
I have built them out of 1 X 2" welded wire that I picked up at a farm and ranch suppy, It comes in various height's, I always like the 12". I got the crimping tool and fasteners for about 40.00. You will want to cut in a door to your timer so you don't have to lower or take the cage down to access the timer.
I will say this I am in the process of purchasing a couple of Eliminator plates. Years ago 25+ we did not have the problem with hogs that we have today. We installed them to keep the coons & squirrels out. It was a thrill the first time a hog showed up, however, I have noticed that the corn hits the cage and drops down under the feeder. The hogs come in, eat the corn and eventually create a wallow. I of course have winch feeders, so I don't have a problem having feeders undermined or turned over, however I don't like the wallow. In an attempt to raise the standard bar I am going to try the eliminator plate and see if it makes any difference.
If you don't have hog issues 1 X 2" welded wire attached under the barrel lip is the way to go. I think I sold 2-3 of the cages to some buddies and paid for everything, still had lots of material left over.

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#6627122 - 01/11/17 07:21 AM Re: Homemade cages around your automatic feeder [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 9173
Loc: Arlington, Tx/Coke Cnty
I build mine from shelving material from Home Depot.

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#6631883 - 01/14/17 06:19 AM Re: Homemade cages around your automatic feeder [Re: Hunter Daddy]
majekman Offline
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Registered: 10/17/09
Posts: 2141
Loc: Tha Rock, Tex"
Eliminator plate.....prob solved. No cages needed

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#6632907 - 01/14/17 08:57 PM Re: Homemade cages around your automatic feeder [Re: Hunter Daddy]
StretchR Offline
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Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 332
Loc: Hutto, TX (Williamson Co)
I made this with 1" x 2" wire. Cheap, pretty easy, and keeps raccoons and squirrels out of the feeder.


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#6651538 - 01/27/17 06:22 PM Re: Homemade cages around your automatic feeder [Re: Hunter Daddy]
DH3 Offline
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Registered: 11/18/14
Posts: 407
Loc: Katy
Bought mine at a Texas Trophy Hunters show for $14/ea
. Built my own feeders out of a 55 gallon drums using Magnum, windproof feeders. Note the PVC pipe on legs, the cages, pipe and leg traps keep my Coon problem away...

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#6651966 - 01/28/17 04:46 AM Re: Homemade cages around your automatic feeder [Re: majekman]
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Originally Posted By: majekman
Eliminator plate.....prob solved. No cages needed
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#6653976 - 01/30/17 06:51 AM Re: Homemade cages around your automatic feeder [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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Registered: 03/11/09
Posts: 562
Loc: Boyd,TX
I build mine out or horse panel ! These are the last two I built !



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#6685987 - 02/24/17 11:14 AM Re: Homemade cages around your automatic feeder [Re: Hunter Daddy]
Halfadozen Offline
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Registered: 10/29/09
Posts: 8106
Loc: Parker County
We tested this idea this past season. Had some galvanized pipe from an old chain link fence laying around. Placed the pipe over the feeder legs like a sleeve. The pipe would spin a little when the raccoons or squirrels tried to climb it and they would usually fall off.
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#6685994 - 02/24/17 11:21 AM Re: Homemade cages around your automatic feeder [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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Natty Love

Registered: 09/22/11
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Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Heres mine

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#6685998 - 02/24/17 11:25 AM Re: Homemade cages around your automatic feeder [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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#6690459 - 02/28/17 03:44 PM Re: Homemade cages around your automatic feeder [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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Registered: 09/27/12
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#6690862 - 02/28/17 08:54 PM Re: Homemade cages around your automatic feeder [Re: YellowDog]
BrianMc Offline
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Registered: 08/06/14
Posts: 80
Loc: Mansfield Texas
Originally Posted By: YellowDog


Great idea!! I have a stack of these in a bedroom that were going to go to the curb soon... now I have a much better use for them!

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