Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

for people who love the littlest dairy goats

This started out with pvc and cutting holes with a hole saw - too bad it wasnt wide enough and I had them spaced too close. Much better now - 3 3/4 inches apart - goats are much happier :)

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Comment by susan nichols on December 3, 2013 at 9:03am

Betsy, we have really good fields of grass mixes for our goats to eat on most of the year.  We live in Georgia so good weather and growing grass almost year round.  I offer hay year round though as I have found if a goat gets an upset tummy they eat the hay and baking soda on their own and fix the issue.  We use good bermuda hay for our hay.  It lasts two years if I over buy and it is all the same so the goats dont pick thru it looking for the best and tossing what they think would be substandard.  It has worked well for us here for many years.  We only feed alfalfa pellets to the goats that are in milk.  I will have to research the chaffhaye.  blessings!

Comment by Betsy Wicker on December 3, 2013 at 12:54am
Comment by Betsy Wicker on December 3, 2013 at 12:53am

We are currently feeding Chaffhaye and have almost totally no waste!  Love Chaffhaye, just wish it wasn't so expensive.  Our alfalfa hay was being mostly pulled out of the feeders (which my dad made and was more closed off than Melissa's - just keyholes for them to put their heads in and a tray at the bottom) and used for bedding (expensive bedding!).  We finally found a dealer of Chaffhaye close enough (about 40 miles) and started feeding it this summer.   It has soooo many benefits that it out weighs the cost ($14.25 a bag which for us replaces about 1 & 1/2 bales of hay).   It can be stored outside if needed and it is easy to handle.  It is easier for them to digest and healthier for them.  And NO Waste! Those are the main reasons we feed it but there are many more advantages of it. 

My friend has horses and she has one that is 36 years old and his teeth are getting so bad he can't eat hay.  He can eat Chaffhaye tho!

Comment by Betsy Wicker on December 3, 2013 at 12:37am

Susan, I like your idea of the sloping bottom!  I think that is why yours works so well.

Comment by susan nichols on December 2, 2013 at 4:58pm

That looks really good!  I invented a really good hay feeder.  I used to have a lot of hay wastage and now have very little.  Here is a link to it.

http://sanctuaryfarm.blogspot.com/2013/03/haysaving-hay-rack-for-go...

Comment by Trish on December 6, 2012 at 1:40pm

hmmm  good idea

Comment by Adrienne on February 1, 2011 at 7:41am
I think I might like to have a real hay feeder someday. but I think for the small number of goats and the housing I have something like this would never work. If years and years from now we build a barn or convert the garage (inside only) into a barn, or if I had something similar to my front porch for housing it could work well.  Isabel is very silly like that. Indiana doesn't care nearly as much. it cracks me up that they are so different...
Comment by Melissa Johnson on February 1, 2011 at 2:15am
speaking of your goat Isabel, funny how they know the difference between the new hay you put in, versus what they have "left". 
Comment by Melissa Johnson on February 1, 2011 at 2:14am
I was just thinking about feeders yesterday.  I bought the wire 17.95 feeder from hoeggers cause Ididnt want to hassle building another one.  The sides are so wide, I may as well go ahead and through half the hay on the floor myself.  Am disappointed.  Mine is pretty awesome.  There is no waste since I built a tray on the  front to catch what they drop or pull out.  I just patted "myself" on the back.  ;)  I do have to pull out what sifts down to the bottom though, cause they cant get to it -
Comment by Adrienne on January 31, 2011 at 8:11pm
My hay feeder is nothing special, just a milk crate like thing, but it works really well for us my goats wont eat the hay if it goes below a certain point either. Isabel my smaller goat likes to stick her head down into the corner of the newly filled hay feeder and eat from the bottom, but will not eat from the bottom unless it is filled. LOL

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