By Kim Lemmon, Ohio’s Country Journal
Hay waste has been a constant problem for me through the years. I love my goats, but they waste much hay. In the past, I have tried all kinds of hay feeders, but nothing has worked until we tried this most recent version.
I didn’t come up with the design on my own, we modified a design that goat breeders shared on a goat Facebook page. The concept couldn’t be more simple, and it was very easy to make.
List of supplies needed: Plywood, 2×4’s and some screws.
List of tools needed: A drill, a pencil, and saws (a circular saw and a jigsaw work best).
Cut a piece of plywood to the width and length you want the feeder to be. Cut another piece of plywood to serve as the bottom of the feeder. It should be about 4.5 inches wide and the length of the width of your larger plywood. You will screw it to the bottom of the 2×4’s later. Again, it will serve as the bottom of the hay feeder. Set these two pieces aside.
Next measure the height of your plywood piece that will serve as the feeder and cut four 2×4’s to that length.
Take two of the 2×4’s and place them perpendicular to each other and screw them together – be sure to use long/large screws. Do the same for the other set of 2×4’s. Next screw the piece of plywood for the bottom of the feeder to the bottom of the 2×4 pieces. You should now have a frame.
Now decide what size holes you want on your feeder and draw circles the on the large plywood piece that will serve as your feeder. Now take a drill and drill down through edge of each circle so you have place to insert your jigsaw. Then cut each circle out with the jigsaw.
Then screw the frame to the wall of the barn. The flat part of the 2×4 frame should be against the wall so it can be easily screwed to the wall.
Once the frame is up, simply screw the plywood piece with the holes cut into it to the 2×4 frame and now you have a hay feeder.
So far, mine have held up nicely and reduced hay waste significantly.