|Schematic of Brian Payne's hay feeder made from rebar.|
|Panels used for|
Brian and Goat Rancher have received several requests for more information on building the feeders, so here is the schematic and some extra notes from Brian:
"My illustration shows 7 1/2 inch centers on the slanted bars with the panel dimensions being 58 inches wide by 45 inches high. The addition of 3/4" or 1" pipe adds some extra length so that 5 panels will do a large round bale and 6 panels will do a large square bale."
"Older nannies and bucks with longer horns can be a problem. Our solution is to make the same panel with 9-inch center-to-center spacings on the slanted rebar. Even one panel with the wider spacings in a feeder will allow the mature animals and bucks to eat. For doelings we reduce the center-to-center distance to 5 inches. Younger animals and shorter necks will require some bale management. As the group eats into the bale we reduce the feeder from 5 panels to 4 and then to 3."