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Interesting pics on the barrel feeders... I liked the pig ones with the pipe to run the feed down into... kinda like the one @baymule used for her "pig palace" when she fed out the hogs...
The one thing to think about is if it is a simple feeder for out in the field, you want it to not be so cumbersome that you can't flip it over to dump water out or when they will inevitably poop in it... the more wood you use the heavier it is and the harder to move unless you put a rope loop to pull it... The one with the little roof is nice... but it doesn't rain just straight down... we get lots of blowing rain... so how heavy would it be to dump it...
 

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Interesting pics on the barrel feeders... I liked the pig ones with the pipe to run the feed down into... kinda like the one @baymule used for her "pig palace" when she fed out the hogs...
The one thing to think about is if it is a simple feeder for out in the field, you want it to not be so cumbersome that you can't flip it over to dump water out or when they will inevitably poop in it... the more wood you use the heavier it is and the harder to move unless you put a rope loop to pull it... The one with the little roof is nice... but it doesn't rain just straight down... we get lots of blowing rain... so how heavy would it be to dump it...

for the feeders, if it rains why not put some drain holes in it?
 

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Drain holes are fine if you use it for only feed... you can't feed loose trace mineral in it because it will sift out and you can't use it for an emergency waterer... but yes.. we have holes in two... we do not get "cubes" here for feed like out in the midwest and west... it is either pellets or grains or sweet feed type..
Won't help with the occasional cow patty in it ...:hide
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I liked the roofed one and the goat/mini hay feeder. All of them neat and pretty cool.

All we do with the 55 gal barrels we cut longways, is to screw a couple of 2x6's to the ends like feet... not underneath but to the ends... stabilizes the whole thing from tipping over BUT is lighter and easier to move and tip over to clean with just 2x6's on the ends... couple feet long
That's what we used to do. Not only is it lighter, it's just as efficient and with the price of wood today it's a lot cheaper build. You can usually find a 2x4 or 2x6 long enough for the feet and do it for the price of screws.
 

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Hey just checking the scrap yards in our area don't want field wire. They will deduct for it. They separate it out. It gets caught up in the shredder. The yard I go to probably has a pile big enough to fill 10 semi loads. They can't get rid of. Yep shred steal is going up along.with copper and everything else. Here it is $10/100lb copper #2 is $.90 lb. Back when I started taking stuff in shred steal hit $14 /100lb for a winter the lowest I've seen it is $3/100lb
 

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Here's what I came up with using 55 gallon plastic drum and some scavenged 2 by and reused wood screws.. I cut the barrel off center a few inches so the waterer has more capacity than the feeder.

I also placed bung holes at the bottom for ease of draining / cleaning. Waterer bung had a crack, so I gooped the inside up with silicone. As soon as it sets, I'll screw in the bung and check for leaks. Width of the barrel is 24 inches, but you can make it fit tight at 23 inches.

I rate this approximately 1 hour cattle feeder/waterer project easy. Plus the materials were free. Can't beat that price 😂 It would have taken me a good two hours to go buy one from rural king. So there's the time saved also.
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Here's what I came up with using 55 gallon plastic drum and some scavenged 2 by and reused wood screws.. I cut the barrel off center a few inches so the waterer has more capacity than the feeder.

I also placed bung holes at the bottom for ease of draining / cleaning. Waterer bung had a crack, so I gooped the inside up with silicone. As soon as it sets, I'll screw in the bung and check for leaks. Width of the barrel is 24 inches, but you can make it fit tight at 23 inches.

I rate this approximately 1 hour cattle feeder/waterer project easy. Plus the materials were free. Can't beat that price 😂 It would have taken me a good two hours to go buy one from rural king. So there's the time saved also.
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It looks good although I'd add some cross braces so it last longer. More weight but sturdier.
 

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Water is heavy. Will you need bottom support? Maybe a steel strap?
Otherwise looks good...that would be my only concern...lotta water will fit in there.
 

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Water is heavy. Will you need bottom support? Maybe a steel strap?
Otherwise looks good...that would be my only concern...lotta water will fit in there.
Thanks 😁 Water 8lbs per gallon. Say 30 gallons to be safe. 240 lbs I think the woodscrews will hold it. If not I'll reenforce.

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