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michael    Posted 03-06-2001 at 14:31:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Looking for plans to build a hay bin for my sheep,
They seem to be wasting an awful lot of hay as they drop it to the floor and refuse to eat it.

TomH    Posted 03-07-2001 at 18:39:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here are some plans. SOme can be printed if you can open pdf files.

F14    Posted 03-07-2001 at 04:59:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hoo, boy! If you EVER find a way to keep sheep from wasting hay, be SURE and add me to your mailing list.

Here's what I do: I made a wooden box on legs, just big enough to hold a square bale (about 18X18X36). The two long sides have "slots" just wide enough for the sheep to stick their head through and grab the hay. The slots are at an angle (15-20 degrees) so they have to turn their head to get in or out. They still waste quite a bit, but they'll waste a lot less if they can't pull their heads straight out after glomming onto a mouthful.

Also, I put the hay feeder in their shed, so what they drop on the ground becomes bedding. I clean out the shed once a month or so (I only have 6 sheep) and the used bedding and sheep manure goes on a compost pile.

I add horse manure, llama manure and chicken and turkey manure/bedding to the mix along with leaves and grass clippings. Takes about a year to make GREAT compost. All the yuppie gardeners are waiting in line every spring when I open up a new pile.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 03-06-2001 at 17:23:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Don't know much about grass maggots, but you might look at some of the pictures in a goat supply catalogue. They have some pretty good pictures of goat feeders. I would think that most of what works for goats would work equally well for sheep.

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