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post #1 of 13
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I am wanting to build a type of free standing hay feeder for my goats that will help to eliminate wasting hay.  Anyone build one that has proven to be effective?  Pics would be great.  I can figure out the size I need, looking more for designs.

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post #2 of 13

I have been thinking about the same thing.  Hope to get some replies.  Great topic! thumbsup

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post #3 of 13

About halfway down this page is a really good example of one made out of cattle panels. Just put a top on it and it'll stay dry.

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post #4 of 13

I have one my husband has started making. I am using it as is it is not finished yet. I will see if I can get a pic of it tonight when I go out. It is dark now.

It is a big blue tank we cut in half and will make 2 feeders. He put frame/legs on it and some tubing on the edge around it cause the metal is sharp where he cut it in half. It works great but we will but wire in it elevated eventually and the hay inside that so they have to pull the hay out the holes to eat it and can't whip it out of the feeder with there head onto the ground or stand or sleep in it. roll then of course you can put on a top if you wish. We did not plan to do that but we may.

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Good work is not cheap and cheap work is not good.

She felt he loved her the most when it seemed to him she loved him the least.

Nothing good comes easy....and nothing that comes easy is good.
Good things don't end......unless they end badly!
I have been called worse-by better!

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post #5 of 13

Check out this post over on BYC's sister site BYH:  http://www.backyardherds.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=124016#p124016   Look at the second picture - 20kids built a hay feeder / grain feeder combo and claims it's pretty much eliminated waste.

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post #6 of 13

I dont own goats but I set aside some old tennis ball hoppers (they are made to pick up tennis balls). I got them from a local tennis club who were throwing them out.
You can see a picture of something similiar here: http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/rjlerich/rjlerich0509/rjlerich050900167/247397-tennis-balls-in-the-hopper-picker-upper.jpg
I
set these aside so that when I get goats, I can maybe use them to hold the hay. smile

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post #7 of 13

Sunny - I don't know how big those baskets are but they certainly look like they'd work.  You'll have some waste if you've got a fine hay...you probably want to look for a coarse hay if you use them.

Emily 

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Goat Notes eBook - an interactive resource and record keeping system for goats

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/53126_littlelady08152011.gif

Good work is not cheap and cheap work is not good.

She felt he loved her the most when it seemed to him she loved him the least.

Nothing good comes easy....and nothing that comes easy is good.
Good things don't end......unless they end badly!
I have been called worse-by better!

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Good work is not cheap and cheap work is not good.

She felt he loved her the most when it seemed to him she loved him the least.

Nothing good comes easy....and nothing that comes easy is good.
Good things don't end......unless they end badly!
I have been called worse-by better!

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post #9 of 13


This is THE BEST hay feeder that I have seen EVER.   bow     WOW !!! Who knew!  I never would have thought of this.  I hope you don't mind if I use your idea.  hide

Thank you for sharing.  bow

NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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post #10 of 13


Does this feeder require the animal lay in it?  lau   lau   lau


Edited by kuntrygirl - 9/28/11 at 6:42am
NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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