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Gravity Feeders vs Timed feeders #5470992 12/11/14 03:06 PM
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What is your guys opinions on gravity feeders vs timer feeders? I'll have these feeders out year around with protein in the spring and summer and corn in the fall & winter. I'll also be hunting over them from time to time.

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I like going timed, I'm hoping it will eliminate nocturnal activity.

Re: Gravity Feeders vs Timed feeders [Re: dshafranek] #5471664 12/11/14 09:11 PM
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Timed feeders will help coordinate your time in the blind with the time the deer feed.


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Re: Gravity Feeders vs Timed feeders [Re: dshafranek] #5472410 12/12/14 04:34 AM
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Now we only use timer feeders, when we had feed barrels, we would go through way more corn than we do now.


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Re: Gravity Feeders vs Timed feeders [Re: dshafranek] #5472955 12/12/14 04:21 PM
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I've been using Timed feeders too but my deer are still nocturnal and I can't get them to switch to daylight feeding unless I dump corn on the ground and then everything will come in in the daylight. Any ideas on how to get these deer to come into the timed feeders in the daylight?

Re: Gravity Feeders vs Timed feeders [Re: dshafranek] #5476518 12/14/14 11:58 PM
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Originally Posted By: dshafranek
I've been using Timed feeders too but my deer are still nocturnal and I can't get them to switch to daylight feeding unless I dump corn on the ground and then everything will come in in the daylight. Any ideas on how to get these deer to come into the timed feeders in the daylight?

Use a timed feeder set it for sun rise and sunset. Once they start hitting them, gradually adjust the time. Ideally you want it so your feeding 45 mins or so before sunset. A trail camera will give you a better idea of what to do since you will be able to see when they are feeding.

Re: Gravity Feeders vs Timed feeders [Re: dshafranek] #5476933 12/15/14 02:07 AM
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I have 3 free choice protein feeders that go year round on the ranch. Each feeder averages 20lbs of feed per day. I don't see where a spin feeder could put out enough feed to help.


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Re: Gravity Feeders vs Timed feeders [Re: dshafranek] #5481354 12/16/14 08:34 PM
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I use spin. I think you can get deer into the habit of feeding at daylight and just before sunset. With free choice, they will feed mostly at night.


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Re: Gravity Feeders vs Timed feeders [Re: dshafranek] #5489208 12/20/14 05:09 PM
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Free choice feeders year round. Deer eat when they need to not when I want them to. Spin feeder feeding August till Feb. Road feeder daily to hunt and shoot deer off of corn. I try to never shoot a deer in a my feed pens. Deer feed at night due to temperatures and where they live at. If they do not live on your ranch then they will have to travel to get to the feeder. You can not change when they feed unless they are needing extra feed due to poor habitat.



Re: Gravity Feeders vs Timed feeders [Re: dshafranek] #5496834 12/24/14 07:26 AM
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get a timed trough protein feeder, you can set them to put out as little or as much feed as you want, It is a good option, I think you kinda get the best of both types of feeders.

Re: Gravity Feeders vs Timed feeders [Re: dshafranek] #5521819 01/05/15 09:56 PM
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It is probably understood by most (but since I was an exception to that until recently), I just wanted to clarify. The timer on a spin feeder determines both time and amount, but I think the OP was referring to timed free choice-which only limits time, allowing unlimited feeding during the scheduled open hours (24/7 or any amount less than that).

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