Before you spend between £52 and £975 on a deer feeder from a hunting speciality store, consider this thrifty and Eco-friendly project. You'll save money by either using your own scrap metal pieces or buying the required pieces at a junk yard. Once you start looking around and using your imagination, you will be surprised at what trash metal you can transform into a deer-feeding treasure.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Metal container (a metal rubbish bin or metal barrel works great)
- Cans of spray paint in camouflage shades
- Electronic feeder control
- Heavy rope
- Jigsaw with metal cutting capabilities
- Nuts and bolts of various sizes
Think about your feeder design. Since gravity feeders have a tendency to either clog too often or feed out more than enough corn or grain, invest in an electronic feeder control. These can be purchased for less than £26 from hunting catalogues or online, and most offer up to 12 different time settings.
Line up the electronic feed control with the centre of your metal container. Mark the container where the holes will be drilled to mount the battery-operated feeder control.
Drill holes to mount the electronic feeder control to the metal container. Cut out a hole to match the size of the funnel at the base of the electronic feeder control.
Mount the control to the container. Use the nuts and bolts that fit your drilled holes to mount the electronic feeder control to the metal container.
Spray paint the feeder in different neutral colour shades to make your feeder more approachable to wildlife.
Prepare to hang your feeder. If you're using a metal rubbish bin, you can feed the rope through both side handles and through the handle on the lid. If you use a container that doesn't already have handles, you may want to drill or cut out holes to feed the rope through.
Hang the feeder once you have filled it with the feed of your choice. Find a tree with stout lower branches. You can even mount a strong board between two trees.
Tips and warnings
- If you prefer, you may build wooden legs or weld metal legs to the feeder instead of hanging it from a tree or brace.
- These feeders are also great for livestock, and even for birds and squirrels.
- Always be cautious when using power tools.
- Wear gloves and safety goggles when cutting metal.