Alfalfa pellet feeder

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by Secondairy, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. Secondairy

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    I would like to start offering alfalfa pellets free choice to my herd, but don't know what to put them in. I don't have an actual barn right now, and when I do, I plan on making a built in feed hopper to load them in by the 50 lb. My question is for now, how or what to I put them in to keep them out of the weather and still allow the goats free access to a large amount (so that I don't have to keep refilling it every day). My current shed for the goats is, one of those 10x10 metal buildings, but the sides are not nearly strong enough to support a feeder of any kind, let alone frisky goats! I thought about using one of those plastic 55 gallon drums somehow, but I don't even know where to begin.

    I would appreciate any ideas that any one may have. A stand alone feeder would be ideal at this time, something perhaps movable so that I can move it into the shed if weather is cruddy.

    Thanks!

    Kelly :)
     
  2. chewie

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    just last weekend in my local TSC there was a long feeder wtih a metal insert for goats, was about 3 foot long i'd guess. was only about $14 bucks too, and hooked over a panel or something. i've seen ppl make their own out of a large pvc pipe, cut lenghtwise. but for the money, i'd get the premade one.
     

  3. mill-valley

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    I believe I have the one Chris mentioned...it works great for feeding my kids but doesn't hold much, 1 or 2 adult goats could clean it out. I use steel pig troughs on the ground, and the goats reach through a cattle panel to get to it...but that wouldn't work in your case.
     
  4. Patty13637

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    I was wondering how the automatic dog feeders would work for goats ? Anyone ever try ?


    Patty
     
  5. coso

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    I'm pretty sure that's what Kaye uses to feed her pellets with. You will have to ask her when she gets back. Should be this weekend sometime.
     
  6. Secondairy

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    That actually is kind of what I was thinking about Cosco, as they can hold alot. I can then use it in the finished buck barn by wall mounting it when I get the other doe barn built, but how good would it be outside without a barn for protection? And would the goats mash it to bits, as that is their favorite pass time ;) I was thinking that I could bungee it to a tree to stop them from knocking it over, as if I get it near a fence for support they would just use it as a convenient ladder to escape.

    My plans for the barn is to make a wooden hopper that I can fill from the milking room (as not to get mobbed), and have it self feed into a trough 8' long (to accommodate all of their heads and bodies without fights) below on the inside by the goats. I have found a GREAT alfalfa pellet locally, it is just Alfalfa, and an 18.5% min - 20% max protein, as compared to the ones from TSC which are funky brown/gray/green colored, mealy smelling and only 15% protein. The pellets are larger and harder, but they are sooo bright green in color and the smell is down right heavenly. Very little dust, and a better binding method I think.

    Thanks for the idea, I will check with Kaye to see what kinds of bugs she had to work out!

    Kelly :)
     
  7. Rambar Ranch

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    We use an upright double hole hog feeder. It holds nearly 100 lbs of alfalfa pellets and we used it to feed about 20 babies at a time with no troubles. It would last a week at a time so we didnt' have to refill it much. We purchased ours severral years ago but it was about $90 at the time. Not sure how much they are now.

    ray