Homemade Ideas

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Most of these ideas I have picked up from visiting other farms.  All the materials used I have found here on our farm or picked up free from someone else.  Treated posts and wood from someone taking down an unwanted privacy fence.  Leftover metal from a roof on a barn.  The only thing we have bought are screws and PVC pipe, but, we have found some old damaged PVC pipe laying around and cut it in half for feeder.  The grey roofed feeders were built from a plan from Premiere One website.  The brown roofed hay feeder was built by someone else getting out of the goat business.  
Submitted by Tammi and Clay Sutter

Quick and Cheap Shelter

Submitted By Kurt Mowrer

Items Required;
7 wooden pallets
Free at local lumber yards
1 9X12 plastic tarp
1 4X4 solid cover
plywood, OSB, sheet metal
4 T-post old ones work great

Place base pallet - note close boards
drive in 4 t-post
Lay other pallets out
opening should be facing SE

Attach first round of pallets
wire is best but baler twine will work

Wrap tarp around the three sides

Place other pallets around the sides
tie to t-post on top and front, bottom corners to each other

Place cover over the top
Secure with cross pieces corner to corner on top

Securing the structure is important as the goat will
rub a lot. Therefore I recommend no nails as they
will pull out. Drilling holes and wire works great.

This type of temporary shelter lasted my Kiko Buck
for three years.

Occasional removal of floor pallet was necessary for
cleaning so plan layout accordingly.

Submitted by Kurt Mowrer

Big Bale Hay Feeder
I built this hay feeder about four years ago to hopefully save from wasting any more hay than we had to.  We now have four of these hay feeders scattered around the property.  I took 2 x 6's, 2 x 4's, 5 quarter deck boards, scrap tin and cattle panels to put it all together.  On the cattle panels I cut some of the horizontal and vertical stays out for the goats to get their heads in without getting their heads stuck.  With the height of the cattle panels they can't climb on top of the bale and destroy it plus pee and poop on it.  I built it totally in about 3-4 hours for a cost of less than $100.  I do believe that it has saved us approximately 25-30% on waste.  At the high cost of hay, I feel that this has been a good investment for us.
Submitted by:  Bob Medler, Poor Folks Farm

Goats Love The Pumpkins (And some guard dogs too!)
Each year at this time I try very hard to find businesses that have leftover pumpkins that would like to dispose of them.  As you can see I cut them in halves and quarters and the goats absolutely love them. I usually feed 1/2 pumpkin per head and it saves quite a bit on grain by feeding them the pumpkins.  I read somewhere one time that pumpkins and their seeds are natural dewormers...don't know if it's true or not but we usually don't have a parasite problem when we're feeding them.  PUMPKINS...try them, they'll like 'em!
Submitted by Bob Medler, Poor Folks Farm