Double-Sided Goat Feeder

Picture of Double Side Goat Feeder with Hayfeeder

By: Stephen Harrod

Livestock Technician, Kentucky State University Research Farm


Supply’s needed

  • 2 – four by eight sheet of plywood or OSB
  • 6 – two by fours, eight feet long (runners). You can adjust the length if you want a different length feeder
  • 6 – four foot two by fours, these will be your legs
  • one pound box of # 8 nails, you may substitute screws for the nails
  • one pound box of # 16 nails, you may substitute screws for the nail
  • One 16ft goat panel (to make the hay feeder), will make two 8′ feeders
  • small box of 1¼ fencing steeples
  • 6 – 21” two by fours
  • Box of Hog rings and ring pliers.

Steps to building

  1. lay out three 4′ legs with the middle leg centered at 4′ (half way between the other two)
  2. lay 8 foot runners on top of legs, one at the top, one at the bottom, and one in the middle of your 4′ legs
  3. make the top of your middle runner be at two foot from the bottom of the legs
  4. square all 4′ legs to your 8′ long runners then nail them all together
  5. repeat steps 1-4 for the second side of the feeder
  6. now take your 21 inch boards and nail the two feeder sides together by toe nailing them between the 8′ runners (toe nailing is driving the nail at a 45 degree angle)
  7. now you should have a square frame that measures 4’tall by 8’long by 2′ wide
  8. flip feeder upside down insert trough floor which will be made out of a 2′ x 8′ piece of plywood nailing it to the center 8′ runner
  9. now flip feeder right side up and nail the two end caps these will be made of a piece of plywood that measure 2′ x 4′
  10. now cut plywood to fit at the bottom so kids will not be able to cross under feeder it will be four 2’x42½ ” pieces of plywood nail between legs to runners at the bottom of the feeder
  11. cut the goat panel to length of feeder then cut in half so you can hog ring the two pieces together and make a V
  12. insert the V hog panel into the feeder and steeple the top edge of the V top the top 8′ runner Additional vertical runners or legs can be added if young goats are getting into the trough.

Similar plans are available from other sources.

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