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Anyone have an diagram to build a grain feeder for multiple goats? What I am thinking is something that has slats they can put their heads though to eat their grain but the slats can be closed enough to contain them so they do not hog all the feed from the smaller goats. Similar to a milking stand design where you lock the head in while milking. Hope this makes sense.
 

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Tracy said:
Anyone have an diagram to build a grain feeder for multiple goats? What I am thinking is something that has slats they can put their heads though to eat their grain but the slats can be closed enough to contain them so they do not hog all the feed from the smaller goats. Similar to a milking stand design where you lock the head in while milking. Hope this makes sense.
There is a cool feeder at www.triquestboargoats.com you might like.
 

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You need to spell that with an "e" not an "a", boer (goat)not boar (pig)
 

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This is an old post, but it is exactly my question. Tracy (or anyone) did you ever build a feeder like you describe here?

If so, how wide apart are the slats and how tall are the openings?

We've almost finished framing in an 8x8 section of our barn with vertical slats and a trough running around three sides on the inside. The slats are 8" apart with 2' tall openings.

We tried it out last night and it worked great, BUT this morning, two of our goats had somehow gotten through the slats and were inside!! How could they do it? These are not small goats---one is a 2yo Saanen wether!

Nancy
 

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Thanks Suzy,
Yes, that is the kind of slats I was referring to. That would make a great pellet feeder. And from the picture, the openings appear to be about the same size as ours. I guess the difference is there is no place to go on the other side, so not much incentive to try to squeeze through. With ours, if they get through the openings, they are inside another "room."

Yesterday we hastily added a horizontal row of 2x4's and cut the openings down to just one foot high (by 8" wide), because I was afraid one would get stuck halfway through when we weren't there. Of course, if they try to go through now, they will definitely get stuck!

We had been using stock panels, but pairs of goats (even three, when they were smaller) would squeeze their heads into one square and almost get stuck, and some goats would choose openings too high and gag and cough while trying to reach down to eat pellets. Some of our goats are evidently not too bright. Feeding time wasn't pretty. So far this seems to work well.

Nancy
 
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