Saturday, January 21, 2012

How To Build a Hanging Hay Feeder

This has to be the best and lowest cost hanging hay feeder for goats around. Goats have to work at getting the hay from this feeder and there is no waste. Instead of gobbling the hay in 10 minutes, they have to continue to work at it. It's great for the digestive system and there is very little waste. I have cut my hay bill in half since building and using this feeder. I purchased only 2 items at my local Walmart and spent less than $10 total. See detailed plans.

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6 comments:

  1. Have you had any problem with the goats trying to chewing on the laundry basket?

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    1. Ha, great questions. Goats, at least my goats, will NOT eat what you want them to eat but will completely destroy things you believe are safe....like my truck antenna or my mother-in-laws favorite shrub. I have this hay feeder in 5 of my goat pens and they have not bit, chewed or otherwise destroyed it. Maybe it is because it is so inexpensive. Mike

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  2. Henry Milker: I'm going to nominate you for a Versatile Blogger Award. Details will be up soon at www.aagaardfarms.ca You have to share some of your favorite blogs if you play along - I'll be interested in your reading list!

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  3. I've got to tell you...when someone comes up with a great idea, it makes my heart happy! We've had our 2 Nigerian Dwarfs, Banjo and Cosmo for 2 weeks. They love themselves some Bermuda grass, but it was wasteful to feed it to them on the ground. I copied your idea, (we already had the exact same clothes basket!), and hung it off a lag bolt screwed to a board which was screwed to a tree. They immediately started "chowing down", as we say in the south, and absolutely love it! Kudos to you for your inventiveness! I'm toying with the idea of using a large funnel on the bottom to allow the hay to gravitate towards the outside of the basket. I'll make a prototype and let you know the results. Thanks again from Cosmo and Banjo.

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  4. how do you keep them from jumping on it?

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  5. The hanging feeder is hanging, they really cannot jump on it.

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