Last Updated on August 6, 2020
If you have had goats for a while, you know what a mess they make when eating. Even worse than the mess is the fact that the hay all over the ground gets wasted. Spending money on feed to have it tossed on the ground and wasted doesn’t seem like a very efficient system. Using a goat hay feeder can help keep the hay from falling on the ground and, in doing so, will save you money on hay. With some of these low-cost, easy to build goat hay feeders, you can recoup your costs in no time. We tried to pick a variety of difficulty levels for these hay feeders. If you are new to DIY projects or consider yourself an expert, we found a goat hay feeder for you.
This small Hay Feeder from Grit is a great way to take care of both sheep and goats. The DIY’er that came up with this design was looking for the right solution to feed his smaller livestock without spending a ton of money. He created this plan and was kind enough to share the full details on this website. The project goes through the supplies and tools necessary to complete this hay feeder. In addition to the supplies, you will also get a step by step breakdown with measurements as to how to build this unit. This goat hay feeder cost about $80 to build, but if you had some scrap wood around, you could absolutely work with it to make this model work for you and your animals.
This Goat Hay Feeder plan may not be what you traditionally think of but we think it’s a quick and simple option to try. If you have a larger farm and have some new goats coming to join your pack you will need to set up new feeders quickly. Some goats will drive other goats away so setting up a few feeders with lots of access points like this one came make a lot of sense. This model is made using a cattle panel, some bolt cutters and some zip ties. You can have this feeder done in a matter of minutes. Just be sure to follow the guidelines as to the size of the holes on the cattle panel. If you use something too small the goats will not be able to get their heads in and eat food.
These Hay Feeders from the Challenged Survival are some of the absolute best we could find. In addition to the size of these, they function so much better than other options on the market. This design, like most great designs, was born after the builder was tired of seeing hay all over the ground. Once the hay is on the ground, the goats won’t eat it, and it just becomes wasted money, money that can be used elsewhere. This particular model does an excellent job of distributing hay to a large number of goats at the same time while keeping most of it from falling to the ground. You will quickly recoup some of your costs on this build by using less hay. You could easily modify this plan to make it the size that you need but still follow the same instructions on the overall design.
When Ohio Blog Thoughts says this is an Easy Hay Feeder, they mean it. This particular hay feeder is built out of pallets. This is an ingenious way to feed a few goats at a time. You can easily add more pallets to this project if you have a large number of goats to feed. Pallets are usually available at a very low cost, or you may have some lying around that won’t cost you anything. If at all possible, try to use a better quality/real wood pallet as it will tend to hold up much longer for you. This is not going to be the prettiest goat feeder out there, but it could be the cheapest one you can find. The gaps between the pallets work out to be the perfect size for the goats to grab hay out without it getting all over the place.
This DIY Goat Feeder Plan from My Simple Country Living is an excellent design that has some great features. One of the things we love most about this feeder is the covering on the top. The cover will keep hay dry, and the box under this feeder will keep too much hay from falling on the ground. This is a real DIY type of project with a sketch plan, some measurements, and a few necessary steps. If this is your first time attempting to build a feeder, we suggest choosing a slightly more straightforward option. You should have this particular hay feeder for quite some time, and the overall cost of the build is not very high. If you were to purchase a feeder like this as opposed to building one, you would spend several hundred dollars.
This Do It Yourself Goat Feeder from Goat World is a great way to stop wasting all of that hay that gets to the ground. Goat World did a great job of explaining this build, all that is involved as far as cutting and measuring and making sure that you can put this feeder together in a short period. The Do It Yourself Goat Feeder is one of the less expensive builds we have found and from the looks of it, you may have some of the supplies lying around already. This step by step guide is clearly laid out with pictures and clear directions. Regardless of your woodworking or building ability this is a goat hay feeder that you can do yourself.
We are all about low cost and recycling. This Easy DIY Goat Hay Feeder by Boots and Hooves Homestead does both. This feeder was again born from the idea that goats waste too much hay dropping it on the ground. Each of these feeders takes about four pallets and maybe a few scrap pieces of wood. These are easy to put together and this guide comes with very clear instructions to walk you through every step of the way. If you are a new builder this is a great first build and could have you saving money on hay in a matter of minutes.
If you are done having babies, we have found the perfect goat hay feeder for you. Weed Em And Reap came up with this amazing idea to repurpose a crib as a hay feeder. This goat hay feeder will take you a matter of minutes to put together and actually does a decent job in helping to keep some of that hay off the ground. If you are feeding a large group of animals, this feeder will be too small, but if you have an extra crib lying around, this is a great option to consider. They did find that the crib has enough space between the slats to feed several other animals as well, so if it’s cows or sheep, you are looking to feed you will be okay with this crib hay feeder.
Mother Earth News came up with a simple way to feed their goats using materials already found around the farm. This is simply a barrel with a few holes cut in it. Cut the gaps about the correct size so the goats can get their heads in to feed. This model has a board with some bungees on it to keep the goats out of the top. On the bottom are just a few cement blocks to keep the hay off the ground. This project can be completed in just a few minutes and shouldn’t cost you anything.
With this goat hay feeder from Lucky Penny Acres, you have all the quality features in a goat feeder that you could ask for. There is a fold-out top to keep the hay dry, a bottom pan to catch all of the hay that would otherwise be wasted, and they even thought to put a few wheels on this model. Moving this goat hay feeder from one location to another will not be difficult. The only thing we don’t love about this plan is that it is not all that detailed. For the more experienced woodworkers, you will have not problems figuring out how to put this goat hay feeder together. If this is your first project, you will be better off with a step by step version like the Easy DIY Goat Hay Feeder by Boots and Hooves Homestead.
All of the other plans we have found for you so far have been rather easy to build, feeders you can put together mostly from objects you may already have around the farm. This plan is a little different, but we wanted to include it for those that may want a detailed plan for a steel hay feeder that will last for years to come. This is a complete step by step plan to build a sturdy and large goat hay feeder. If you have no experience working with steel, this is not a DIY project we recommend taking on this weekend. Go back to one of our other options or pull your kid’s old crib out of the basement. If, however, you want a steel goat hay feeder without paying the price for one, this plan will absolutely get you there and save you a ton of money.
For our last find, we found you this Hay Feeder DIY Project for Under $30 from Pauley Alpaca Company. Now, of course, this hay feeder was built for Alpacas, but that does not mean you can’t use it for some hungry goats. The most important part of this project is to find an old futon that you don’t need anymore. Another option is to look for an old futon at a garage sale; they usually go for very low amounts. Once you have the futon, you will need a few bolts and a little bit of time to turn it into a feeder. One of the things we love most about this futon goat hay feeder is that it is sturdy. If you were to purchase a metal feeder the same size as this, it would cost you hundreds of dollars. This feeder is easy to refill and does a great job of catching all that leftover hay.
Each of these goat hay feeders has its positives and negatives to it. Only you know what you need for the number of goats you have and the individual goat personalities you are dealing with. The best takeaway from this roundup is that you don’t need to worry about spending hundreds of dollars on a goat feeder. Taking the time to build one will keep some money in your account to keep buying feed for those goats!
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Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!