How to Build a Hay Feeder for Pygmy Goats

Updated April 17, 2017

Pygmy goats are cute pets but keeping them healthy requires some preparation, especially where their feeding is concerned. Hay is one of the main feeds for the goats. If the hay lies on the ground, the goats run the risk of eating worm eggs, hay that is diseased or rotten and otherwise unhealthy items that collect in the hay. Build a hay feeder for the pygmy goats that will keep the hay off the ground.

Lay out your two-by-four studs and mark all the cuts you need to make. Measure your pieces twice to keep from cutting any of your pieces too long or short. You need to have 12 24-inch pieces, four 40-inch pieces, four 22-inch pieces, four 14-inch pieces and three 25-inch pieces. For good economy of your wood, cut four of the studs into a 40-inch piece, a 24-inch piece and a 22-inch piece. Cut three of the other four studs into a 14-inch piece and three 24-inch pieces. Cut the last stud into a 14-inch piece and three 25-inch pieces.

Cut each piece out using a Skil-saw. Provide good support to cut each piece and make sure the blade doesn't cut into whatever is under the board you are cutting.

Assemble two feeder boxes, each one comprised of two 40-inch boards and two 22-inch boards. Stand two 22-inch pieces on end and place a 40-inch piece across the top of them. Drive two nails into each end to secure the 22-inch pieces to the 40-inch piece. Flip the structure over so the 2 inch pieces stick up in the air and place the other 40-inch piece across the top of them and place two nails in each end. Finish the box by driving a sinker nail in each corner to provide added strength.

Assemble a second box in the same manner as the other one. You will have two boxes that measure 40 inches by 22 inches.

Lay one of the boxes on its side with the 40-inch length on the ground. Place a 14-inch piece at each of the two corners on the ground with the four-inch side lying flat on top of the 40-inch piece and pushed tightly into the corner. Make sure the end of the 14-inch board is flush with the edge of the 40-inch piece.

Drill two holes through the two pieces of wood with a 3/8-inch drill bit. Drill the two holes in an offset pattern to provide more stability.

Place a 1/4-20 bolt through the two pieces with a washer between the wood and the head of the bolt. Place a washer on the other end of the bolt next to the wood and tighten a nut onto the bolt. Repeat this process for the other hole in the first leg and for both holes in the second leg.

Flip the box over and repeat the process of drilling holes and attaching the legs to the other side of the box.

Attach the two boxes together using the 24-inch pieces. Place the boxes on their 40-inch sides and place the 24-inch pieces next to the legs in the lower box. The 24-inch boards span the distance between the two boxes. Align the other end of the 24-inch boards four inches in from the corner along the 40-inch boards.

Affix these two 24-inch boards in the same manner as the legs by drilling two 3/8-inch holes in staggered formation on each end of the boards and affix the ends to the box using 1/4-20 bolts, washers and nuts.

Turn the structure over and affix the other two supports to complete the frame of the feeder.

Turn the feeder onto its legs and place the three 25-inch boards across the lower box between the two 40-inch pieces. These form the hay bale support bars. Evenly space these between the connections of the upper support posts.

Take the remaining 24-inch boards and place them evenly around the boxes with three on the longer sides and one on each of the smaller sides to provide narrow places for the goats to eat. This will prevent the goats from pulling too much hay from the feeder and wasting it.

Things You'll Need

  • Eight 2-by-4-inch studs 8 feet long
  • Tape measure
  • Skil-saw
  • Nails, 2 1/2 inch
  • Nails, 4 inch sinker style
  • Hammer
  • 1/4 inch wood drill
  • Drill
  • Eight 3 inch 1/4-20 bolts and nuts
  • 16 1/2 inch 1/4-20 washers
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Sean Lancaster has been a freelance writer since 2007. He has written for Writers Research Group, Alexis Writing and the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce. Lancaster holds a Doctor of Philosophy in chemistry from the University of Washington.