How does the Gravity Feeder work? The sturdy, rust-resistant steel legs that attach to (and into) your feeder are hollow tubes at the top. Feed from the drum slides straight through the tubes into the feeder trays. Which means gravity keeps your feeder trays filled as long as you have feed in the drum.
What is the best feed to process through the feeder? Use straight whole corn for your first few loads. This allows game in your area to find, and become comfortable eating out of, your feeder.
After that, we recommend a 50/50 mix of corn with either protein pellets, soy hull pellets or sweet feed (all stock). These combinations serve as attractants, while boosting nutritional value.
Will ground animals eat through the plastic drums? With Buck Eye’s feeder design, there’s no reason for animals to chew through plastic. We’ve had units with plastic drums in the field since 2002. We haven’t experienced that problem ourselves, and we’ve never received a complaint from another user.
Remember: Our design offers continuous feeding until the drum is empty—an entirely different system from timed broadcast feeders (which have had problems with squirrels chewing through drums to get at food).
Will turkeys eat out of the feed trays? Yes they will, and you can see photos right here on our website. Buck Eye’s Feeder works great with Cracked Corn for pre-season feeding, and for retaining prize game birds on your property.
How durable are the feed trays? A single tray on an assembled unit will support a 180-pound man using it like a step ladder. Although we certainly don’t recommend it for that purpose!
Where are your feeders made? Buck Eye’s feeders are made with pride in the USA, using all American-Made components.
What if I have my own [steel or plastic] drums? We offer leg and feed-tray kits that include everything you need to build your own. Our kits work equally well with steel and plastic drums. See our Products page for our 35 gallon and 55 gallon kits.
How do I prevent wild pigs from toppling my feeders? Buck Eye offers a Tie Down kit that safely secures feeders to the ground. See our Products page.
How do I prevent protein pellets from getting soaked? Buck Eye’s feed trays are perforated, slightly slanted, and self-draining. In heavy downpours, protein pellets can "cake" in the trays. But once they dry, deer will eat the cake—allowing feed to flow freely again into the trays.