Waste less hay holder

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by bheila, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. bheila

    bheila New Member

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    Jan 9, 2009
    Kent, Wa
    We used to use a hay net which I hated because 1) of the wasted hay 2) I was afraid that my goats would hang themselves. I know how everyone is always talking about how they hate how the goats waste the hay and so do I. I was sitting around trying to think of what I could use around the house to make a hay holder with. Then I remembered the big gray containers that my husband brings home from work. They are made out of thick plastic and would hold up in the weather.
    I got the hand saw out cut one in half, I used a small paint can to trace some circles, cut them out, used a rasp to smooth the edges and finally screwed it to the shed for the goats to eat out of. It holds 2 flakes of hay which is perfect for my 3 goats. We've been using it for a week now and I can't believe how much less waste there is. When I go to refill it there's only about 2 handfuls of waste on the ground. I never knew I was so resourceful :greengrin: I plan on making a couple more for the kidding pens for when my does kid.
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    I hope this was helpful to someone, I love getting ideas from all of you guys :thumbup:
     
  2. rebelshope

    rebelshope New Member

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    Sep 20, 2008
    Wisconsin
    Wow that looks great!!

    How did you screw it to the wall?

    I am going to start looking for a bin.
     

  3. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    nice idea......... :wink: :greengrin:
     
  4. cdtrum

    cdtrum New Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Northern Indiana
    Great idea! Just showed your pics to my DH......we plan on making some! I to am sooooo tired of the wasted hay!
     
  5. bheila

    bheila New Member

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    Jan 9, 2009
    Kent, Wa
    I knew someone was going to ask how I screwed it to the wall....I forgot to get pictures of that. I took a 2"x6" and cut it to the width of the container and then screwed from the sides of the container. Then I screwed it from the inside of the shed. I know I probably don't make any sense. I'll get you some pictures a little later, my husband is waiting for me to start dinner.
     
  6. rebelshope

    rebelshope New Member

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    Sep 20, 2008
    Wisconsin
    That makes total sense !! Thanks!! :thumb:
     
  7. jaytori220

    jaytori220 New Member

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    Mar 24, 2009
    Melbourne, Fl.
    Looks like a Sterilite container you get in the stores. You could always get one of those and do the same thing. Cut holes in it like you did. Keep it to where you can keep the lid snapped to it to keep it covered from the rain and zip tie or screw it to the wall! I think you just gave me an idea! Thanks.... :cool: :stars: :hi5:
     
  8. bheila

    bheila New Member

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    Jan 9, 2009
    Kent, Wa
    Okay here's the picture of the 2"x6" that holds the container to the shed. You could use something smaller like a 2"x4" though. I just happen to have a 2"x6" right next to me when I was making it.

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    jaytori220- I love the idea of having a lid especially since I feed my goats outside.
     
  9. CapraKoza

    CapraKoza New Member

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    Apr 7, 2009
    Oh, my..if I had a penny for every bale wasted over time...this is a GENIOUS idea!!! :idea: You show market these!! My wheels are turning too. Thanks so much for sharing this. Oh, and the lid for protection against rain, etc: BRILLIANT!!! :fireworks: Thanks so much for sharing! :thankU:
     
  10. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Wonderful idea...and a great way to use what you already have :thumbup:
     
  11. laststraw

    laststraw Guest

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    Oct 6, 2007
    This is brilliant! We recently found a similar design at Hoeggers that is made of durable composite and comes fitted to hang straight on a fence (great for me as I have limited time as well as limited talent with power tools). No lid, but we're in the desert so being able to stand up to heat, sun and occasional hail storms is more important than being rain-proof (the rains come with a vengeance, but they aren't usually prolonged). We're already saving a TON of hay!! :cool:

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  12. bheila

    bheila New Member

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    Jan 9, 2009
    Kent, Wa
    I know don't you just love it. I had a hay customer come by today and ask about my hay holder. He said he was going home to make one. He was soooo tired of the goats wasting hay.
     
  13. cdtrum

    cdtrum New Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Northern Indiana
    Hubby made me one today after seeing your post! Thanks so much for sharing the idea!
     
  14. bheila

    bheila New Member

    644
    Jan 9, 2009
    Kent, Wa
    :thumb: I'd love to see it. Let us know how it works out.
     
  15. jaytori220

    jaytori220 New Member

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    Mar 24, 2009
    Melbourne, Fl.
    Uh....pics please! I did make 2 for my goats. I will have to take some pics. Took little effort and has a lid so you can keep your hay dry and it doesnt get moldy.