Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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I love it when I realize how smart I am!

OK. So it's the Saturday after payday and I have not been able to figure out a solution to my mineral problem. So as I am doing my goat chores today before work I suddenly have a stroke of incredible smarts!
I don't know how to express to you how little David likes to spend. If there is a cheap solution we have to find it...There has to be some medical condition that forces this level of thriftiness...
I was getting ready to give up and order the little mineral buckets this morning, when I saw a litterbox...that we used to use as a nesting box for the chickens. They only ever used the one box anyway, and now that I only have two hens, we just took the other one out. SO I take it inside and pored Kettle water on it, and then washed it with anti-bacterial soap followed by another douse with kettle water, and a cold rinse....Dried it off and added minerals. Then I was contemplating where to put my new mineral feeder when I remembered Stanley's milk crate which he used to use to jump out the window on the porch. Turned it right side up and set the litter pan snugly inside and TATDA!!! instant, FREE, mineral feeder of the perfect hight. It won't be a permanent solution, since they will get bigger. But for the moment, I am feeling pretty darn good about myself. :)

EDIT: I forgot to mention that all of that happened after staying up late to write a 7 page paper, and before I had coffee, which makes it that much more amazing!

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Comment by Adrienne on July 28, 2010 at 10:17am
WOW! Nice!
Comment by Melissa Johnson on July 28, 2010 at 1:04am
Don't you love it when we get so creative and smart?!! I wanted something other than the key hole box feeder my son built for hay when I first brought the kids home. A plastic wall feeder in the Hoegger Supply mag was 42.00 bucks- ouch! I went to WalMart, bought a 5 (?) gal. plastic trash can, cut 2 rectangular holes in the front, screwed a metal handle to the wall, and attached the "modified" trash can to it with a $2 bungie cord. I was awed also - presto a $42.00 feeder for $7.00 - yep "We're good." :)
Comment by Dianea Fay on July 24, 2010 at 6:52pm
You can make a mineral feeder out of PVC plumbing tubing and y-connector. Get plans on line and it is cheap and works really well and you can make in less than 5 min.
Yours sounds like it will work for a while. I just pour mineral in the boys pans and they eat it up and have mineral tubs out.
Comment by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on July 24, 2010 at 11:16am
Congratulations! That's a great idea.
Comment by Terri John on July 24, 2010 at 8:29am
LOL genius strikes at the oddest of times! ... Adrienne, very clever of you to find a way to re-use an item for another purpose, that tends to be one of our family motto's here.

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