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Monday, November 10, 2014

DIY: Goat Hay Feeder from Busted Buckets

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We use a lot of the big cheap plastic totes with rope handles around the farm for water, moving things, etc.  (You can find them in Walmart, hardware stores, etc. usually for less than $10)

They are very useful, however occasionally they crack or get a hole in them. Instead of immediately chucking this one into the recycle bin, I cut it in half (carefully), attached it to one of our chainlink lined gates with bungee cords, and turned it into a hay feeder for the goats.

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Goats are notorious for wasting hay. Once it falls onto the ground, it is deemed "dirty" and they won't touch it.  The small holes in the chain link only let them pull out small amounts at a time, reducing the waste that falls onto the ground.

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This half of a tote perfectly holds one flake of hay. I positioned it so that even the tallest goats cant reach over the top and into the hay so that they can't waste it that way.

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