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Hog Ball, or similar feeding device #6738505 04/18/17 05:38 PM
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Is there anything else like a Hog Ball (see link) that we could make that is bigger? We have been using pig pipes, but want something that will last longer and hold more corn to last longer. I would love to make something like a hog ball, but holds more corn. The Hog Ball holds 100 lbs, and I would love to get something that holds 3-4 bags of corn. Are there any large round devices like this that we cold use and drill some holes in that would work?

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Re: Hog Ball, or similar feeding device [Re: ChadTRG42] #6738543 04/18/17 06:20 PM
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I don't think the average hog could roll around 200 lbs of corn some of the smaller ones have a hard time with the hog ball and 100 lbs.

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I agree with sapper, but if your heart desires giving it a try...make a "pig pipe" with a 30 gallon barrel. confused2



Re: Hog Ball, or similar feeding device [Re: rickym] #6738710 04/18/17 08:46 PM
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Originally Posted By: rickym
I agree with sapper, but if your heart desires giving it a try...make a "pig pipe" with a 30 gallon barrel. confused2

Or a section of 8" PVC.


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Re: Hog Ball, or similar feeding device [Re: ChadTRG42] #6738716 04/18/17 08:51 PM
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Rain drops have to fall almost directly into a cornhole for water to get in

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Re: Hog Ball, or similar feeding device [Re: ChadTRG42] #6738862 04/18/17 10:28 PM
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$250? Give me a break! muyloco

Ill stick with my 30 gallon barrel that cost me $50 purchased on amazon and has lasted 2 years so far.

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Re: Hog Ball, or similar feeding device [Re: ChadTRG42] #6738876 04/18/17 10:39 PM
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A friend that I hunted with used a 30 or 55 gal drum. Welded some off set legs elevated on one end. When pigs would push on it the barrel would rock side to side with corn falling out the hole on the low end.

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How many holes do you have in your pipes? I just put out six 5ft long 4in dia. PVC versions where I hunt, haven't been out long enough yet to know how fast they get emptied. I've got 3 holes in each. I can say they don't last 2 weeks.

I do have an extra 30 gallon pvc drum I'm going to make one out of and see how it does starting with 100lbs of corn.


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Re: Hog Ball, or similar feeding device [Re: CharlieCTx] #6739376 04/19/17 01:06 PM
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Originally Posted By: CharlieCTx
How many holes do you have in your pipes? I just put out six 5ft long 4in dia. PVC versions where I hunt, haven't been out long enough yet to know how fast they get emptied. I've got 3 holes in each. I can say they don't last 2 weeks.

I do have an extra 30 gallon pvc drum I'm going to make one out of and see how it does starting with 100lbs of corn.


I put 1 hole in my pipes. Maybe 2 holes in the barrel



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If the pigs have never seen a feral crack pipe before, start with more holes to get them going.
Make sure to put a handfull of rocks in with the corn so even after they empty the corn, it will still make noise.
I've watched them roll it for hours with just a few kernels of corn and a bunch of rocks.

On a pipe, after you get them trained, you can cut a piece of metal flashing and roll it up and slide it into the pipe to cover the hole.
The flashing trick works well when squirrels chew the holes open too big.

If I was building a replacement pipe, I would put one 1/2" hole about 8" from each end on opposite sides.
On a barrel, I would put 4 holes, 2 on each end and space them at 90 degrees around the barrel.
With a barrel, they have to roll them about 18" before another hole drops corn.

Once the pigs figure it out, they can empty a pipe in a few hours.
Or a barrel overnight if there is a sounder taking turns.


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I just looked at the hogball.
I have one thing to say: No tether means you may not ever find it after they root it around.

I've seen cows take down 55 gallon drum feeders full of corn and pigs root them 1/2 mile from original location.
They would have pushed it further but they hit the fence line.


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Originally Posted By: Vern1
I just looked at the hogball.
I have one thing to say: No tether means you may not ever find it after they root it around.

I've seen cows take down 55 gallon drum feeders full of corn and pigs root them 1/2 mile from original location.
They would have pushed it further but they hit the fence line.
it uses counter weight you fill the bottom with rocks and they just rock it back and fourth. TxKiller has been using them for a few weeks and has had zero issues.

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Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
it uses counter weight you fill the bottom with rocks and they just rock it back and fourth. TxKiller has been using them for a few weeks and has had zero issues.


It will stay close initially but eventually he's probably gonna have to hunt for it but the trail is easy to follow!
As the pigs get used to it, they get more and more aggressive and throw them around and all kinds of stuff!

That being said, it will be entertaining and educational to watch.
Keep us posted on the progress.


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The pig pipes we have used go empty in less than a week, maybe 3-4 days. From weekend to weekend, we have seen them go dry. I'm looking for something larger that will hold more corn to last longer. These are all great ideas. Keep em coming.


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Keep it simple

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Originally Posted By: Dave3575
Keep it simple


Keeping it simple will keep the pigs there for 20-30 minutes to clean up the corn the feeder just dropped, then they move on.

Will they come when the feeder goes off?
Maybe, maybe not if you have already put hunting pressure on them.

A feeder will bring them in.
A pig pipe, barrel or ball will keep them there for hours and hours.


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Sounds like pretty good ideas. I've got a bunch of 30 gallon plastic barrels. I might rig up a chain and t-post setup they can push around like a big pig pipe and give it a try.


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^^^^This. 30 gal barrel. Done.

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Put this out on Saturday with a camera. We'll see, they've been emptying a pipe in 4 days or less here.



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Originally Posted By: CharlieCTx
Put this out on Saturday with a camera. We'll see, they've been emptying a pipe in 4 days or less here.




That's basically the same idea I have in mind Charlie


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I put a full sack of corn and had some leftover protein (10-15 lbs) I put in also. I get just over 1/3 of a sack in my pipes. Seems heavy, but we'll see I guess. I put (3) just under .5" holes in it.

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