I've been away from my Blog entirely too long and hope I have not lost my readers because I do enjoy your comments and am thrilled when I can offer something helpful. Today is going to be extremely helpful for you goat owners and maybe sheep owners too.
In the five plus years I have owned goats there were two, OK maybe three things I totally didn't like. One, if you go into a pen with a feed bucket , you are mauled no matter how much they have ate. They always act like they are one grain from starvation and almost all of my goats have horns so I constantly stayed bruised or scraped. They don't mean to hurt you....they just think they are starving at all times and a bucket holds the answer to all of their food prayers. Second is the wasted hay. I have tried everything for feeding hay but as you goat owners know they waste more than they eat. We use about 2 bales a day and have paid $5.00 to $7.00 a bale depending on the market. Everyday all I could see was money laying all over the ground. A goat will not eat anything dirty. If one backs up and pees or lets the nanny berries drop, that hay is done for. The third thing is keeping a herd of 30 goats hooves trimmed but that is even going to get better with time but that is another post.
This pen is my older does. I feed grain in the morning and then fill it with hay. They reach their little mouths through the panel and pull out a polite little mouthful at a time. If they do drop a piece it falls into the tray. I love it!
These two feeders were put side by side in the fence line of our buck pen. We started filling it with hay.
It took the boys about 5 seconds to come running from the woods to munch out on the hay!
Download the plans at Premier1Supplies
I built the single sided feeder which was on page 5. Although I have purchased from this company in the past, I did not order the panel inserts from Premier. Instead I bought a panel from the local feed store. It was 16 feet long and 48 inches tall with 4 inch openings. Less than $40.00 and Papa Bear cut it into 4 pieces with some heavy duty cutters to make 4 feeders. All the tools you need is a saw, tape measure, screw gun and screws or hammer and nails and fence staples. If you are building it alone as I was on the first one you will need a couple of clamps. I built my first one in a few hours.
Did I mention I love these things!