If you have livestock, or if you’re considering adding them to your homestead, you would a hay feeder. This will be very helpful in controlling feed wastage. There are ready-to-use units being sold commercially but those are really expensive. Some will set you back $600.
A small, square 2x2” hole keeps them from gulping too much food or air at the same time to reduce over-spill and hay mess, which can save you money while also improve their overall digestion.
Fortunately, you can make your own hay feeder for very little cost. You can DIY it for a couple of hours using wood pallets. If you have pallets at home, that’s good. If you don’t have them, you can easily get some for free. The DIY pallet hay feeder has basic building plans that are easy to follow.
Here’s a special tip though: choose your pallets carefully. Make sure you have those HT-stamped ones as they were heat treated. Stay away from pallets that have undergone Methyl Bromide fumigation because they pose health risks.
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Wanna learn how to build a hay feeder from pallets? Watch this tutorial video.