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Old 01-02-2016, 11:59 AM
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Default Aisle Hay Feeder

I recently put up a run in barn/ weaning shed 20'x20' with three sides enclosed and an 4' aisle for feeding weaned calves. I feed round bales and am looking to build a hay feeder off of the aisle wall. I would of course be cutting a bale and forking in the hay and haven't quite figured out yet what to build as far a feeder is concerned. All input would be greatly appreciated!
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With your shelter being the size it is, I wonder if a simple round bale surround feeder would be a quick, easy, economical way to contain a round bale..

Set the bale and feeder off a little to one side of center of your shelter, then set the next bale and surround to the other side of center.. That gives you room to clean around where the last bale sat..

Here is one example that may be both accessible to most all size calves yet keep waste of hay to a minimum..

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I thought about just putting in a feeder but have extra lumber to build a permanent feeder, through the weaning process I will be halter breaking the calves as well so will be tying them up occasionally so a more permanent/fixed feeder is desired. My main concern is feeding trough depth and rack slat spacing to be precise.
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You might Google search

round bale hay feeder for goats

There are several bunk type feeders that are on skids..
One is home made, the other galvanized pipe with brackets for a roof..

I can imagine the home made one on skids made with timbers and a welded wire cattle panel, modified to be used with a rain roof would be easy enough to build..

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