I am interested in finding a way to feed rice bran for an extended period of time since I live so far from my lease and because I want deer to pattern to it. From what Ive read, most people dump it in a pile and once deer eat it, that's it.
Reviews for the Pile Driver automatic feeder are terrible. Are there other automatic feeders for bran meal?
I've also considered using a 55gal barrel on a tripod with a toilet flange on the bottom to a 4 inch pvc pipe that extends close to the ground like a down spout free choice feeder. Anyone tried this?
Txhntr - Yes I've tried just about every conceivable method to feed Rice Bran. From Tubs to Totes. From augers to paddles to standard protein feeds.
Rice Bran Meal is a finicky feed. It is so fine as Hammer mentioned it wants to bridge and will not fall in your typical feeder.
It has taken me several attempts and 5 years to perfect it. But I've finally figured it out. The feeder I posted above has been feeding non stop for two years. It works!
It will hold 6-7 bags of rice bran..depending on the supplier bagging it. I have mine set to feed 5 lbs in the morning and shut off and 5lbs in the evening then shut off. This gives me 30 days before I have to fill it again. It also eliminates feed loss to coons and porcupines. They will clean out the trough though if the deer have not eaten it all. But the bulk of the feed is protected and shut off by a 1/4" steel door.
You can feed it up to 6 times a day with The Hammer Timer. You could feed it 24x7/free choice or you can feed it only during daylight.
I have several instances where I have trained mature bucks that were 100% nocturnal to come in during daylight hours if they want to eat.