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I had my hay feeder level before but I felt like they would jump on it and just pull from the top. Hence, I moved it high up where they have to look up and eat from the bottom. Now, I'm paranoid they're going to stick themselves in the eye with hay because it all falls on their face what works best for you all?
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Our is up higher but they still prefer to stand up on their hind legs and eat from the top first. I've noticed them doing the same when I'm hand feeding them knotweed or something; they go for the higher up stuff first.
 

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Our is up higher but they still prefer to stand up on their hind legs and eat from the top first. I've noticed them doing the same when I'm hand feeding them knotweed or something; they go for the higher up stuff first.
Mine always stand up like that to get the top of their hay feeder. I think it's good exercise for them.
 

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I used to have mine lower so they could eat from the top as well as the bottom. After a year of watching them pull out hay from the top only to eat tiny pieces, and wasting an incredible amount of hay I moved it up! They can reach towards the top but they can’t grab big pieces off the top and pull it out to waste it. Now when I reach in and turn it or fluff it out, it lasts much longer and I’m not cleaning as much up off the floor. This has worked best for me after wasting a lot of hay.
 

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I had my hay feeder level before but I felt like they would jump on it and just pull from the top. Hence, I moved it high up where they have to look up and eat from the bottom. Now, I'm paranoid they're going to stick themselves in the eye with hay because it all falls on their face what works best for you all? View attachment 163735
I posted a study on this here previously

Not good to have uncomfortable feeding position

"Confined goats spend a substantial part of the day feeding. A poorly designed feeding place increases the risk of feeding in nonphysiological body postures, and even injury. Scientifically validated information on suitable dimensions of feeding places for loose-housed goats is almost absent from the literature. The aim of the present study was, therefore, to determine feeding place dimensions that would allow goats to feed in a species-appropriate, relaxed body posture. "

"The animals were able to feed with a relaxed posture when the feed table was at least 10 cm higher than the standing height of the goats' forelegs. "

Here's the study link

https://pdf.sciencedirectassets.com/279785/1-s2.0-S0022030216X0015X/1-s2.0-S0022030216308190/main.pdf?X-Amz-Security-Token=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&X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Date=20190801T034228Z&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Expires=300&X-Amz-Credential=ASIAQ3PHCVTYXVPP2PHK/20190801/us-east-1/s3/aws4_request&X-Amz-Signature=77cffe50b6b1afdac312f5dd8f91fb206c1b78a408df931c355b39d55f91138a&hash=dc75f8d2c8a98c8cc40baae03e7b2ab0d487a8905a9a57411bc866bbc7241b20&host=68042c943591013ac2b2430a89b270f6af2c76d8dfd086a07176afe7c76c2c61&pii=S0022030216308190&tid=spdf-0775f7ad-d302-434c-a25d-ade7b7ff9a12&sid=5b217f8b2eec4045cc9a26b97207ec9dba2bgxrqa&type=client&download=true
 

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I posted a study on this here previously

Not good to have uncomfortable feeding position

"Confined goats spend a substantial part of the day feeding. A poorly designed feeding place increases the risk of feeding in nonphysiological body postures, and even injury. Scientifically validated information on suitable dimensions of feeding places for loose-housed goats is almost absent from the literature. The aim of the present study was, therefore, to determine feeding place dimensions that would allow goats to feed in a species-appropriate, relaxed body posture. "

"The animals were able to feed with a relaxed posture when the feed table was at least 10 cm higher than the standing height of the goats' forelegs. "

Here's the study link

https://pdf.sciencedirectassets.com/279785/1-s2.0-S0022030216X0015X/1-s2.0-S0022030216308190/main.pdf?X-Amz-Security-Token=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&X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Date=20190801T034228Z&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Expires=300&X-Amz-Credential=ASIAQ3PHCVTYXVPP2PHK/20190801/us-east-1/s3/aws4_request&X-Amz-Signature=77cffe50b6b1afdac312f5dd8f91fb206c1b78a408df931c355b39d55f91138a&hash=dc75f8d2c8a98c8cc40baae03e7b2ab0d487a8905a9a57411bc866bbc7241b20&host=68042c943591013ac2b2430a89b270f6af2c76d8dfd086a07176afe7c76c2c61&pii=S0022030216308190&tid=spdf-0775f7ad-d302-434c-a25d-ade7b7ff9a12&sid=5b217f8b2eec4045cc9a26b97207ec9dba2bgxrqa&type=client&download=true
Sorry I'm just now seeing this! So, do you think my hay feeder is at an appropriate height or no?
 
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Sorry I'm just now seeing this! So, do you think my hay feeder is at an appropriate height or no?
As long as they can climb (rather raise by putting their front legs up) to the top, it should be fine. I think it will do move downwards, when they eat off the lower location as well.
The problem that I see is food falling down and getting spoiled, perhaps place a tray under it.

There is more articles on that page:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022030216308190
 
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