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Corn Feeder pen question #8353579 08/16/21 09:23 PM
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Not a big pen, but say just a cattle-panel close up around the feeder to keep the cows off. Anybody do this? Stand-&-fill with an eliminator plate so the throw will be pretty decent. I realize there will be corn under the feeder they can't get to.


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The corn under the feeder will make them crazy and want it even more.


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I would think the coons would get most of the corn directly under the feeder if it starts to pile up.


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Size matter significantly when using pens.


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I would take 3 hog panels. Cut one in half and make a 8'x16' rectangular pen. That way a deer or two can jump into the pen and eat corn if they want. You can even make it a bit wider in the middle and a bit more "rounded" in shape instead of rectangle shaped.


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Originally Posted by BOBO the Clown
Size matter significantly when using pens.


Not if all I'm fencing is the feeder itself; I'm talking like 4'x4', just outside the frame of the feeder, to keep cows from bashing it. I'm trying to avoid 10 panels plus associated Tposts for both monetary and installation-time reasons. Also, I'd like the flexibility to move it around if I want.


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Originally Posted by QuitShootinYoungBucks
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Size matter significantly when using pens.


Not if all I'm fencing is the feeder itself; I'm talking like 4'x4', just outside the frame of the feeder, to keep cows from bashing it. I'm trying to avoid 10 panels plus associated Tposts for both monetary and installation-time reasons. Also, I'd like the flexibility to move it around if I want.

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Assuming that the purpose of a "normal" feeder pen is to keep hogs/cows from eating corn and also physically protect the feeder from same animals, then, I think your idea would serve half those purposes. Certainly a lot easier, cheaper and more mobile, so if half the job is enough, then I think its a novel idea. up


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I fenced off a tall 3 legged feeder once with panels cut to tie onto the feeder legs. It was just to keep a couple aggressive, tall cows from tearing up the mechanism hanging from the bottom of the barrel. I watched a small buck jump into that fenced triangle and eat the corn directly under the feeder. If there’s a will, there’s a way.


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Originally Posted by 68rustbucket
I fenced off a tall 3 legged feeder once with panels cut to tie onto the feeder legs. It was just to keep a couple aggressive, tall cows from tearing up the mechanism hanging from the bottom of the barrel. I watched a small buck jump into that fenced triangle and eat the corn directly under the feeder. If there’s a will, there’s a way.

Thats amazing. I would never dream they would do that. Did you shred inside that pen? Asking for a friend.....


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Originally Posted by freerange
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I fenced off a tall 3 legged feeder once with panels cut to tie onto the feeder legs. It was just to keep a couple aggressive, tall cows from tearing up the mechanism hanging from the bottom of the barrel. I watched a small buck jump into that fenced triangle and eat the corn directly under the feeder. If there’s a will, there’s a way.

Thats amazing. I would never dream they would do that. Did you shred inside that pen? Asking for a friend.....

No need for shredding, buffle grass was kept trampled down by the acrobatic buck.


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Originally Posted by freerange
Assuming that the purpose of a "normal" feeder pen is to keep hogs/cows from eating corn and also physically protect the feeder from same animals, then, I think your idea would serve half those purposes. Certainly a lot easier, cheaper and more mobile, so if half the job is enough, then I think its a novel idea. up


We don't have many hogs and a cow's mouth is too large for them to effectively pick up corn very well. Could they come by and trample it some? Yes, but I suspect the deer will have eaten most of it by the time they get there.

One of the feeders will likely be inside a 10 acre oat field. The field fence is decent but the occasional cow may venture in, and this will protect the feeder from roving interlopers.


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Originally Posted by QuitShootinYoungBucks
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Assuming that the purpose of a "normal" feeder pen is to keep hogs/cows from eating corn and also physically protect the feeder from same animals, then, I think your idea would serve half those purposes. Certainly a lot easier, cheaper and more mobile, so if half the job is enough, then I think its a novel idea. up


We don't have many hogs and a cow's mouth is too large for them to effectively pick up corn very well. Could they come by and trample it some? Yes, but I suspect the deer will have eaten most of it by the time they get there.

One of the feeders will likely be inside a 10 acre oat field. The field fence is decent but the occasional cow may venture in, and this will protect the feeder from roving interlopers.

Ive always thought that a cow had a real hard time getting enough corn to make it worth their while. I just never had a problem with cows eating corn from our throw feeders. Then suddenly one day a bunch of em started eating the corn and it was a bother. It seems that some will get after it and then others wont. confused2


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