Automatic Goat Feeder?

Discussion in 'Goats' started by jessearl, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. jessearl

    jessearl Active Member

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    Is there any company that manufacturers an automatic goat feeder?

    I'm looking to be able to feed some goats that will be browsing in a pasture outside of my home.

    I'm looking to be able to get them a normal amount of feed without me having to make a trip over there every day.

    I'm new at this, so I apologize for the basic question.
     
  2. Native87

    Native87 Dad,Proud Veteran,Farmer

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    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. ;)
     

  3. ozark_jewels

    ozark_jewels Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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??
     
  4. ozark_jewels

    ozark_jewels Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Wow, they do make them. I'd still be leary of depending on them never to break down.
     
  5. maleyfarm

    maleyfarm Well-Known Member

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    I'd check into Cableas or Bass Pro Shops at there automatic deer feeders, they can be set to dump a set amount of feed at certain times of the day.
     
  6. Bearfootfarm

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    Cannon_Farms Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.
     
  8. ozark_jewels

    ozark_jewels Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.
     
  9. CaliannG

    CaliannG She who waits.... Supporter

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    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.

    Who knows?
     
  10. VegRN

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    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.
     
  11. luvzmybabz

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    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.