What do you place your hay in?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by kuntrygirl, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I have been placing my hay on the ground but my sheep kick it all over the place and they dont want to eat it after that. If anyone has any pics of what they put their hay in while their animals are eating it, I would love to see it. Or if you can tell me where I can buy something that will hold my hay so the sheep dont spill it all over the ground.

  2. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    We use 100 gallon water tubs for the horses. Probably wouldn't work for sheep. [​IMG]

    We also tried some 55 gallon barrels cut in half, but the horses knocked it all out. Maybe it would work for sheep? [​IMG]
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    We built a feeder type thingie. [​IMG] We actually took a table and turned it over, then used the legs to support a few pieces of wood between them, making a box but with gaps inbetween.
    We have a horse and goat. The horse eats out the top, the goat likes to try get his head in between the slats of wood. Either way it works for them!
    If the hay is too tightly packed they'll still pull out bunches of it and it drops all over, so we pull it apart some.
  4. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Songster

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    My DH built this for me. it works great! top is a piece of tin with hinges and a big clip hook to keep it closed.
    the picture is before he put the hinges and hook on, hence the bricks on the top!



    Last edited: Nov 17, 2009

  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Sometimes you can build a fence, wide enough for the sheep to get their heads in, but not any more, then put the hay on the other side, pushed up against the fence. They will still waste some, but it goes better. Scoop up what they don't eat, and put it in your hen yard. Doesn't seem to bother the chickens.
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    All you need is a pallet and some cattle panels
    Throw a tarp or some plywood on top if it's going to rain:
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    This is what we feed our cattle hay in. My husband built ours, but you can buy them too. I'd think they would work for sheep too. You'd have to push the hay out to the sides since they wouldn't be able to reach to the center of the feeder like the cows can. The cows in the background are around a feeder just like the one in the front of the picture where the calves are.


  8. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    Katy, I love that little calf with its tongue stuck up its nose! [​IMG]
  9. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress


  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Take a look at the sheep/goat feeder thingies sold by www.premier1supplies.com, the ones that are like *heavy* mesh panels that hinge together with holes for them to stick their heads through. I have not used them (no sheep or goats [​IMG]) but have heard good things. You could quite possibly make something yourself of that type.

    Good luck, have fun,


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