Goat farming is the most profitable farming business across the world. Therefore, when you intend to start breeding them then plan to have some durable homemade goat feeders in their shade.
Why durable goat feeders? Well, many breeds of goats tend to be very aggressive in nature. That skittish behavior they possess may destroy the feeders in case they are not strong and durable.
The good thing with goats is that they are not interested in designer feeders, unlike other livestock. Therefore, you can make your own goat feeders and this will help to cut down the cost of operation.
Let’s get started with the various types of homemade goat feeders and the process of how to get them ready for your flocks.
The type of feeder will determine the kind of materials to put in place. Normally, almost all breeds of goats feed on hay, grains, and minerals amongst many other feeds.
Therefore, you need to find out first what type of feeder you want for your goats before assembling the necessary materials.
Some of the common materials used to make a cheap homemade feeder for the goats include nails, PVC primer, cement, chains, and PVC pipes of different diameters, screws, plywood and different dimensions of lumber.
You can also opt for various pieces of wooden pellets in case you want to make a goat feeder very fast and easily. They are proven to have a good track record as far as durability and adaptability is a concern.
Also, you need some essential tools like hammer, saws, drills, and tape measure among many others. You can visit a construction site to pick some leftover materials in case you do not have at your disposal.
In most cases, these companies dealing with construction sites usually sell them at low prices compared to if you have bought them directly from a local store.
However, sometimes you can be lucky enough and get them for free. You need to devise a strategy on how to get them at low cost as much as possible.
Trough Goat Feeder
The goat feeder is suitable for feeding your goats with pellets and grains. You need about 4 inches wide PVC in order to get set. This PVC create a wide space for feeding your goats.
Get a PVC of your desired length and split them into two equal halves. Place a piece of 2-inch treated lumber at one end of the trough. Trace the shape of the curve onto the wood.
Once you are done, cut two pieces of wood to this shape for creating the end caps of the trough. Fit the wood inside the PVC properly and use the screw to secure them.
I recommend you screw an eyebolt into the top of each piece of wood. Attach the chain to each piece in order to make the trough hang and become ready for use.
Hay Goat Feeder
This type of goat feeder is supposed to have openings that are large enough in order to make it easy for the goats to access the hay without stacking their head inside.
You will need a collection of 2-by-4 inch board pieces and fix them to form a crate with adequate space for holding hay.
In case you have large breeds of goats then you are supposed to design a simple cube made from five wooden pallets screwed together.
Attach a piece of plywood to the top of the crates with hinges in order to cover it in case of rain. This will help to protect hay from being run over by rain.
Loose Mineral Goat Feeder
Goats need supplements in their diet so that they stay healthy and strong. So you are supposed to provide them with free-fed loose minerals in combination with their normal feeds.
According to my experience, PVC pipes will serve the purpose here perfectly. You can design a loose mineral feeder of your own without breaking your bank accounts.
You will be required to have 4 inch PVC pipe, one 45-degree elbow connector, end cap, a female adapter, and a male threaded cap.
To seal the feeder perfectly, you will need a cement and PVC primer. Apply the primer to the top opening in the 45-degree elbow connector. Allow the primer to site for a few minutes in order to get attached perfectly.
Immediately push the pipe into the connector after applying a thin layer of the cement to both sections. At this point, you have a long pipe with the opening of the elbow connector until it faces up like letter J.
Repeat the process again with the other end of the connector and the female adapter. Screw the male cap at the bottom to close it perfectly.
Wait for the feeder to stay overnight before proceeding. Drill the holes on the PVC and attach the chain in order to hang it. Alternatively, you can drill the goat feeder onto the wall of the goat shelter.
After fitting the feeder successfully, it is now the right time to fill it with loose minerals at the top and close with the end cap.