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DIY Feeder for Goats

I have been outside enjoying this beautiful weather we have finally been having and building all the outdoor projects to help make our lives easier, and trying to make the house prettier! 🤩 The latest installment into making our lives easier is this DIY feeder for goats!

Hay feeder for goats with brown goat eating hay

The goat hay feeder is small enough to easily dump out when needed and raises the feed and hay off the ground, and unlike typical hay feeders, there is no waste from hay falling through the wires! My girls are so picky, if their hay touches the ground, they will not touch it! If one pebble of poop gets into the feed bucket, they are done…which means money flying out the window!💸💸

Top view of the goat hay feeder with some straw hay in it

I built the feeder for goats to where they are at a height that shouldn’t get pooped in, but still low enough they can eat everything I place in them! I did build three different heights only because I have three pregnant mamas right now and so I will need the babies to be able to eat alongside the mamas, so we may have a few pebbles in the shorter ones! Lol!

Three hay feeders lined up like feed troughs

Update: They are no longer pregnant mamas, they are mamas! We had 6 healthy little babies this last week, 3 boys and 3 girls! They are absolutely adorable! I’ll share photos soon!

Anyway, there is something about white and cedar that I just can’t get enough of! I absolutely love the color combination! I mean if you have been around here any length of time, you know that these DIY goat hay feeders match the goat house, the chicken coop, the small chicken coop, and even our well house… so it all looks somewhat like it’s meant to be in the yard! That is my ultimate goal but it’s not always easy to have function and beauty, I try but it doesn’t always work out! Lol!

Hay feeder being eaten out of by a goat

I guess the question is, do you want some functional, yet beautiful feeders for goats (or any other small livestock) that are cheap and easy to build? If you do, then keep on reading, I’ll hook you up!😉

Gathering Supplies for DIY Feeder for Goats

The great thing about the goat feeders is the cheap cost to build them! Even with ridiculous lumber prices…AGAIN…all three can be built for $150.00! You can’t even get ONE feed trough from Tractor Supply that cheap!

Download the printable plans to take to the garage and get building!

Materials Needed for Goat Feeder:

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Materials are for 1 feeder, if you want to build three as I did, you will need to triple the first 3 materials!

Cut List for Goat Feeder:

All three feeders have the same dimensions, only the height changes. So the cut lists are almost the same but I still separated them!

Small Hay Feeder:

  • 4 – 2×4 @ 28 1/2″ both ends mitered at 45 degrees off square, ends not parallel (top and bottom of long sides)
  • 4 – 2×4 @ 16″ both ends mitered at 45 degrees off square, ends not parallel (sides of long sides)
  • 4 – 2×4 @ 17 1/2″ (top and bottom of short sides)
  • 8 – 1/2″ x 3/4″ (fence picket ripped down to 3/4″) @ 8 1/2″
  • 3 – 1×6 @ 21 1/2″ fence pickets (one ripped in half) cedar long sides
  • 3 – 1×6 @ 17 1/2″ fence pickets (one ripped in half) cedar short sides

Medium Hay Feeder:

  • 4 – 2×4 @ 28 1/2″ both ends mitered at 45 degrees off square, ends not parallel (top and bottom of long sides)
  • 4 – 2×4 @ 18″ both ends mitered at 45 degrees off square, ends not parallel (sides of long sides)
  • 4 – 2×4 @ 17 1/2″ (top and bottom of short sides)
  • 8 – 1/2″ x 3/4″ (fence picket ripped down to 3/4″) @ 10 1/2″
  • 4 – 1×6 @ 21 1/2″ fence pickets (one ripped in half) cedar long sides
  • 4 – 1×6 @ 17 1/2″ fence pickets (one ripped in half) cedar short sides

Large Hay Feeder:

  • 4 – 2×4 @ 28 1/2″ both ends mitered at 45 degrees off square, ends not parallel (top and bottom of long sides)
  • 4 – 2×4 @ 20″ both ends mitered at 45 degrees off square, ends not parallel (sides of long sides)
  • 4 – 2×4 @ 17 1/2″ (top and bottom of short sides)
  • 8 – 1/2″ x 3/4″ (fence picket ripped down to 3/4″) @ 12 1/2″
  • 4 – 1×6 @ 21 1/2″ fence pickets (one ripped in half) cedar long sides
  • 4 – 1×6 @ 17 1/2″ fence pickets (one ripped in half) cedar short sides

Building the Feeder for Goats

Quickly you can throw together the frame of the goat hay feeder. It is basically two mitered frames screwed together! Not hard at all!

First, make the two long side frames using 2 – 2×4 @ 28 1/2″ and 2 – 2×4 @ 16″, 18″, or 20″ depending on which size feeder you are building! Using wood glue and the 3 1/8″ screws attach the 2x4s on the miters. Screw at an angle from what will be the side into what will be the top/bottom.

the front and back frames of the hay feeders for goats
showing screw placement on the front frame of the hay feeder

Once you have the front and back frames made, the two frames need to be connected using the 2×4 @ 17 1/2″. You will want to use wood glue and screws straight through the front/back of the feeder into the side boards. Sorry about the quality of photos, I was building right at dark and they are awful quality! Lol!

adding the side boards to the DIY hay feeder
showing screw placement on the hay feed trough

Check the frame for size and make sure it fits!😏

checking the fit of the tub inside the feeder for goats

That is the frame built, that is all that there is to it! I painted it at this point so that I wouldn’t need to tape off the cedar boards since I was keeping them natural! I just painted the hay feeders with exterior white paint straight off the shelf!

Then I added the small cedar strips (fence pickets ripped down to 3/4″) to the inside of the 2x4s. Since it is already painted, there really isn’t a need for wood glue as it isn’t made to adhere to painted surfaces! Just screw it into place. I used a scrap piece to make sure it was set back where it needed to be to make the cedar boards flush with the front!

using a spacer to add the support boards to the hay feeder
showing how the support boards are supposed to be attached
showing the feeder for goats ready for the cedar boards

I went ahead and drilled the 3/8″ holes to put ground anchors into at this point so my drill could easily get into the space, I flipped it upside down to drill them!

drilling holes in the goat hay feeder

Flip it right side up!

holes drilled in hay feeder for goats

Once that was done, I cut and sealed all my cedar boards to make sure I didn’t get spar urethane on my white painted frame! I then added them with wood glue and 1 1/4″ screws!

Adding the cedar boards to the feeders

The spacing of these boards will change based on which size you are building! See the printable plans for more information!

Once all the cedar boards are attached, the goat hay feeder is ready to be placed where you want it, ground anchors attached, and goats fed!

Hay feeder for goats out by a tree
Hay feeder for goats with brown goat eating hay
Three hay feeders lined up like feed troughs

I love them so much already and I can’t wait to keep bringing you so many more helpful plans for homesteading and gardening! Have you built anything lately for your garden or to help with homesteading? I would love to see it! I enjoy homesteading so much more than I ever thought I would!

So glad you stopped by, see you again soon!

Happy Building!

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