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Project by _Moose_ posted 05-09-2012 11:32 PM 2737 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has 9 goats (amongst many other critters) running around outside in the pasture. Was surfing the web a couple weeks ago when I stumbled across a hay manger something like what you see.

I figured since this weekend was her birthday, why not make her something for the animals.

Made of red cedar 2×4 stock for weathering, plus added some Cabot’s spar varnish. (Varnish should also taste bad to the goats and keep them from cribbing).

Lid is 1 sheet of 3×8 roofing tin, wheels are from harbor freight with a piece of 5/8 threadall for an axle. The ribs to manger is simple a piece of economy “hog panel” cut to length and split down the middle.

Thanks for looking.

-- _Moose_ Hooper, UT





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chrisstef

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#1 posted 05-10-2012 12:27 AM

For a second there i thought this was a job posting for a “Hay Manager for Goats” ... come to find out its made of wood! Looks like a great build, nice choice on the cedar .. thanks for sharing Moose.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Martyroc

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#2 posted 05-10-2012 12:35 AM

Great job, cedar was an excellent choice.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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Arlin Eastman

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#3 posted 05-10-2012 12:51 AM

Yah
Eating the manger and climbing on it is their biggest goal in life for a Goat.

Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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jeffwedekind

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#4 posted 05-10-2012 12:59 AM

Hey Moose,the cover is certainly a good idea!
This happened to my animals twice before I wised up and put on a cover. This is why sheep are easy to eat!

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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_Moose_

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#5 posted 05-10-2012 03:48 PM

Jeff, you just made my day with that photo! I can tell you that goats aren’t that much smarter than sheep, so yes, a lid is a must have on these feeders.

-- _Moose_ Hooper, UT

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Cozmo35

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#6 posted 05-10-2012 06:45 PM

It looks sturdy as a rock. Great choice of wood and judging from Jeff’s pic, it is probably a good thing you put a roof on it!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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Juriathe

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#7 posted 05-11-2012 03:50 AM

That is an awesome manger. I could foresee a few making you some money, seriously. Maybe more than a few ! As long as there are goofy animals like that sheep, there will be people looking at your manger and thinking ” THAT’s what I need !!”.

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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Juriathe

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#8 posted 05-11-2012 03:51 AM

by the way, Jeff, how did you get that sheep out???

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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jeffwedekind

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#9 posted 05-11-2012 02:32 PM

Juriathe,—-The good old heave ho works best!
Moose,—- I have also had goats. They are far cooler animals, but as you know, they are into everything. When we had them, everything they could access was knocked over, wheelborrows, buckets, wood piles, you name it.

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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_Moose_

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#10 posted 03-28-2013 02:53 PM

Update to these mangers….should anyone be looking at this & thinking of making one for your critters, don’t use the chains on the lid. When the lid is in the down/resting position the chain sags. And although you wouldn’t imagine it’s possible, we had a goat get it’s head caught up in the sagging loop the chain made. Just FYI on your build.

-- _Moose_ Hooper, UT

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