In an effort to try to entice them to stay and take up residency on the golf course we looked at our habitat and resources for them to thrive. The habitat of the golf course is very adequate for their survival with several movement corridors, native grass corridors, and plenty of trees to roost in for the night. The part we were missing was a good food source so we created some supplemental turkey feeders to provide them with shelled and cracked corn until we could install some food plots for them.
The original feeder design was a very simple trough style feeder. The feed was stored in the upright portion of the feeder and fed into the trough by gravity as the feed was removed by the wildlife. The feeders were successful in the beginning but they had a few downfalls that we needed to correct. One downfall was the fact that they feed in the trough could get wet from irrigation or rainfall and had the possibility of spoiling and possibly making the wildlife ill. Another downfall was created by our deer being smarter than we were in our design. The deer were witnessed taking their front leg and knocking the trough off of the feeders which would release all the feed at one time.
|Mitch Sivley with a completed feeder tube|
The other end of the tube is fitted with a screw on cap fitting which will keep the feed dry and will allow for easy removal to refill the feed.
Once completed the PVC piping is camouflaged with different colors of paint and leaf stencils to allow it to blend into the landscape.
Four finished wild turkey feeders ready for installation. Total time on these feeders was about two hours and they are ready to be added to our wildlife conservation program.
A "new and improved" turkey feeder attached to a tree with plumbers tape. The smaller holes and more upright design insures the feed will not be eaten at a rapid pace and will not be contaminated by rainfall or irrigation practices. All in all the project has been a great success with the wild turkey staying at the golf course and being seen at all times of the day.
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