IMO if its there you are still gonna have to go everyday. If food is available the critters will pig out on it. I know mine would stay right at the feeder if I did what you are talking about. LOL Goats are smarter than most people think. Im glad you asked the question. Shoot I have had goats for a long time and I can say I can probably come up with a question everyday. They are some real neat critters.
Unless you had a feeder that measured out a set amount each day, it wouldn't work. If left with feed, goats will hurt themselves, like most livestock. I am not aware of a feeder that measures out a certain amount each day. I'd be leary of leaving that alone for long anyway, even if I could find something. If it broke, you'd be in deep trouble.
What type of goats are these, ages, etc?? If they have plenty of growing green stuff, so they even need feed??
Goats can learn not to be pigs, most of the breeders I know locally have grain out at all times, they say they eat less and grow better. Less medical problems too because they dont gulp it down for lack of demand or fight so much over it.
I'm a goat person, not a people person,
De @ Udderly Southern Dairy Goats
we will be adding a new breed in the spring
Young growing goats can be creep-fed. Adult goats cannot be trusted to limit themselves on grain. The adults I have seen left with creep-feeders, either over-eat and get ill, or they have feet problems and acidosis. Both caused by their diet.
I think free feeding grain REALLY depends upon the individual goats.
Mine are very smart goats...keeping them out of the feed takes EFFORT. I am convinced that if you gave my goats a bobby pin, they'd be able to pick the padlock on the feed room door.
However, in spite of all of the different ways I have attempted to keep them out of the feed, and all of the times they have circumvented my efforts, they have never eaten themselves sick. Not even a mild case of bloat out of any of those times.
So it may just be an individual goat thing. Some will eat themselves sick, and some won't. Perhaps it might also be breed associated, with some breeds more likely to eat themselves sick, and some not so much.
"First, Show me in the Bible where it says you can save someone's soul by annoying the hell out of them." -- Chuck
When I first got goats I fed according to the directions on the bag of goat sweet feed...not realizing that they were intended for full size goats and not nigerians! Mine always had sweet feed left over and were pretty good about regulating themselves. Now they eat all their sweet feed (I don't give much) but always have a few alfalfa pellets left over.
Wow my barn is just literally feet outside my back door and I wonder if this would be a good thing to have my goats get grain and wolf it down, I like the thought of them getting less throughout the day. I think it would also help with keeping them in good shape. But dang those are expensive. I have seen the hopper type container feed container ( same as in pic) and wonder if I could set a timer to a motor to make it do that.