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#488179 - 04/04/18 04:04 PM Modified Deer Feeder Attempt
Quarter Acre Offline


Registered: 06/10/16
Posts: 424
Loc: West Central Missouri
This is my version of "doing with what you have". I have slightly modified a Moultrie All-in-One Hanging Deer Feeder (Part # MFG-13074). The only real mods are a chain tether so that the lid does not end up in the pond and I added a shield so that the feed does not get thrown back onto the dock. The shield was made from a gallon bucket that drywall mud came in. It could not have fit better. I may have to silicone in a washer to act as a reducer at the outlet of the feeder so that the small feed for my soon to be stocked fish does not just run out. I will remove the reducer once the feed size is increased. It will hang about 18" above the water and will be able to be pivoted back over the dock deck for refilling and such.

Any concerns that I should consider before getting my hopes up that it will plug and play?







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Edited by Quarter Acre (04/04/18 04:05 PM)
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#488244 - 04/06/18 09:21 AM Re: Modified Deer Feeder Attempt [Re: Quarter Acre]
Matzilla Offline


Registered: 08/12/16
Posts: 252
Loc: Iowa
thats a great idea for the deflector! I'm interested to see how well this works!
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#488247 - 04/06/18 10:10 AM Re: Modified Deer Feeder Attempt [Re: Quarter Acre]
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Registered: 06/10/16
Posts: 424
Loc: West Central Missouri
Me too! The weather is supposed to be such that I can't get out and work this weekend, maybe I'll do a test run with dog food.
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#488250 - 04/06/18 10:23 AM Re: Modified Deer Feeder Attempt [Re: Quarter Acre]
Pat Williamson Offline


Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 2216
Loc: Oakwood,Texas
Keep us posted on how it works..... looks good!

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#488259 - 04/06/18 12:09 PM Re: Modified Deer Feeder Attempt [Re: Quarter Acre]
Bill D. Offline


Registered: 10/19/14
Posts: 5524
Loc: Boone County Illinois
Neat idea! I will be interested to see how much feed the deflector causes to drop straight down.
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#488278 - 04/07/18 07:04 AM Re: Modified Deer Feeder Attempt [Re: Quarter Acre]
Dave Davidson1 Offline
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Registered: 01/04/06
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Loc: Hurst & Bowie, Texas
That qualifies for the word contraption. I love it
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#489031 - 04/23/18 08:53 AM Re: Modified Deer Feeder Attempt [Re: Quarter Acre]
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Registered: 06/10/16
Posts: 424
Loc: West Central Missouri
I managed to do some testing over the weekend. The throw pattern test will have to wait until it's hanging at the pond. I used a barrel in the garage and when the feeder is going off, it is like a tornado with all the food bouncing around and going crazy. Best I could tell the deflector did a very good job, but the question is...how much just drops straight down and how big if a deal is that really?

I ended up getting the following results (and food everywhere)...

Given: Moultrie 5 gallon All-In-One feeder with Optimal Junior (3.5mm), Optimal Starter Feed #4 (2.5mm), and a 50/50 mix (by volume).

Each test was run for 1 second with about a 1/2 gallon of food to start with. It does not take much time to throw a lot of food and a full feeder may change the results some.

The bags in the photo are for regular ole sandwiches for size reference...

Junior for 1 second threw 1/4 lb (about 1 cup),

Starter #4 for 1 second threw 1/3 lb (about 1-1/3 cup),

the 50/50 mix threw 3/10 lb (about 1-1/4 cup).

This tells me that if I feed the 50/50 mix twice a day for one second each that I should be using about 18 pounds a month. This is pretty close to my expectations and I am sure to do some hand feeding that would get me to 25 pounds a month. Should I need to feed more, I will have to test the 2 second cycle which could easily put me over what is needed and it may have to be set for once day or put a restrictor in to slow the feed from coming out. This feeder only increments in one second settings. I am still concerned about the feed falling out on it's own with some wind action even though it did pretty good with me simulating the wind over the barrel. Actual observance at the pond may prove one way or another. That will start next week after the pond is stocked with HBG, HSB, and RES.





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#489035 - 04/23/18 10:40 AM Re: Modified Deer Feeder Attempt [Re: Quarter Acre]
Pat Williamson Offline


Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 2216
Loc: Oakwood,Texas
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The amount you are throwing would depend on the number of fish that are feeding I would think. Try it and see how long it takes for them to eat it, then adjust time accordingly

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