Goats have a reputation for eating anything but they actually can be quite picky. They often will only eat hay that has not touched the ground and can nose around their hay feeder for the tastiest bits. If you want to save money on hay and have happy goats check out some of the best hay feeders for goats.
Best Hay Feeders For Goats You Can Make Yourself
Many of us homesteading types prefer to DIY, and there are several options you can take that work great. I have made a couple hay feeders for goats myself that turned out well.
The first hay feeder we made was upcycled from an old futon. This one held an entire bale of hay, which is a great feature in a hay feeder. It wasn’t complicated to put together, but unfortunately the manufacturing quality of the original futon wasn’t great, and it broke. I liked this hay feeder so much we used the same design, but raised it higher so the goats couldn’t jump in! We also used 2x4s as they were much sturdier.
Another fabulous option for a hay manger would be a pallet mounted on the wall. You can see pictures of how to do this quick and cheap project over on Rough and Tumble Farmhouse.
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Best Hay Feeders You Can Buy
If you want something right away and don’t want to put the time into making your own, there are some good options out there you can purchase too.
Hanging feed bags are a great way of not wasting hay, because you’re only giving a little at a time. Plus they look great too!
Most feed stores will also carry basic metal feeders that work well for a couple of goats at a time. You can order them online, or usually pick them up in store.
Whether you’re buying or making your own hay feeder for your goats, just keep a couple guidelines in mind. First, make sure it’s durable! And second, make sure they cannot get their head stuck between the slats. Usually at least 4 inches apart works well. And bonus points if you have a hay feeder that can catch falling hay or one of that fits an entire bale at one time!
Which type of hay feeder do you like best for your goats?
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