Hay Feeders

On the way back from the Monroe, GA show, we starting trying to figure out how to make a hay feeder. We had taken a bale down and Venus and her gang has spread hay all over everthing. Other folks had hay feeders hanging from the rails. Some were metal, some plastic, and some cloth, but we just had not come up with anything. (We had tried one of the cloth ones, but had a goat get her head hung in it. Fortunately we were still at the show and were able to get her out unharmed.) We were talking about several topics and Ruth's name came up - and the Feed-In-A-Drum™ container came to mind. We had taken the hay to the show in Feed-In-A-Drum™ containers, and that had work out well. I thought...


What if I .... took a Feed-In-A-Drum™ containers and ...


a piece of goat panel, (4 inch by 4 inch)

cut the center out of the lid ...

cut the goat panel to fit lid ....

placed the panel inside the reverse side of the lid ...

placed two eye bolts low on two side of the drum ...

tightened the nuts up so that hold the bolt, not letting it move ...


bored two holes in the top edge of the container and the lid ...
took two lock pin squares ...

inserted the lock pin squares into the holes...


(This will secure the container, the top and the cut out goat panel.)

place a hand of hay or more into the container, and connect the lid with the lock pin squares..

used two snap links to attach the container to the wall ....

Anything that would hold the container in place would work, but the snap links allow easy removel for refill. We initially tried only using 1 eye bolt and 1 snap link, but saw that the goats could easily turn the feeder around.

Success!!!

The goats stick their noses into the 4 by 4 panels and pull out the hay they want to eat. Note how little hay is on the ground.

 

 
Updated: Feb 1, 2011





Ken and Pat Motes
Clear Creek Farms
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Fall River, Tennessee 38468
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