I switched from corn to deer pellets in my feeders and the pellets are getting wet and turning to mush. I have a small top over them but i guess the wind blowing the rain in. Does anyone have a special feeder desighn or a way i can stop this.And another thing will wet mushy deer feed hurt the deer. I heard someone say it will give them a disease?. They still seem to eat it anyways.
You can take a drum or any container that is large enough to adequatley hold the pellets and then cut a hole in the bottom and place a 4" pvc flange then cut a 12" or so piece of 4" pvc pipe from the flange, place a 4" t onto the end of that piece, then cut 2 pieces of pvc 18" or so to start with and place in each side of the t. This will complete the feeder except you will have to put the feed into the container and then start cutting back on the pipes on each side until you get them to where the feed gravity flows down and stops right at the end of each pipe. Make sure you cut the end of the pipe at an angle, with the top being the longest. This will keep the feed dry. The deer will rake the feed out with their tongues. You can suspend the feeder about 3.5 feet off of the ground and the coons won't eat up you feed. Good Luck
Jayber, I don't have a pic of one but I will try and get one. There is no exact science on it. The idea is that if the top is longer than the bottom, it will be harder for the rain to get in. It works well unless you get a gully washer with high winds and blowing rain. You can also run a bead of silicon or something of that nature on the outside of the pvc around the edge and down the side to make a drip collar that will channel the water so it won't run around the pipe and collect on the bottom edge.
I made a deer feeder using a 50 caliber ammo can to enclose the digital timer a battery. I siliconed all the openings that i drilled in it for the wires and support bolts. There seems to be moisture getting in from somwhere and I cant figure it out.Could this just be from condensation.What could I put in the ammo can to absorbe the moisture.I thought of silica gel but I dont have a clue how much it would take or how long it would last.Is there anything else that would work.the moisture is starting to rust my motor and do no telling what to my digital timer.
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I used ammo cans for my feeder timers also. The mistake I made was to turn the ammo can on it's side. I ocassionally get some water inside. Having the box mounted under a 30 gal barrel helps shelter it from the weather.
The best ones I have seen mount the spinner motor in the lid and fix this to the barrel. This is the orientation that is most likley to be waterproof.
I was having the same trouble on a commercial model I had. It had a plastic housing that fit around the battery and motor. I would have to pour the moisture out every two weeks . Then I noticed three small holes in the bottom that had not been punched all the way through. I took a nail and opened them up and that ended the problem. Around here it gets warm in the day and cold at night and really causes things to sweat. I do this on some of my cams, I guess it lets them breath.