Having a hay feeder can help minimize feed wastage.
Having a hay feeder can help minimize feed wastage.

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.

Why spend $600 for a hay feeder when you can build one for almost zero cost?
Why spend $600 for a hay feeder when you can build one for almost zero cost?

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.

Materials:

  • Pallets
  • Screws

Tools:

  • Circular saw
  • Hammer
  • Electric drill

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Wanna learn how to build a hay feeder from pallets? Watch this tutorial video.