Feeding troughs can prove to be very expensive and the margins in farming are already as tight as they can afford to be, especially in smaller farms. This week on Farm Hacks, we have a few different types of feeding troughs, which you can make with ease, all by yourself! Check them out below!
PVC: The first design, as you can see in pictures below, is made primarily of PVC tubing. This is something that can be found lying around most farms and if not can be easily and cheaply sourced.
You can get imaginative when designing this and cater it to farm's needs. All that you will need to do is cut the PVC piping in half. For poultry, the half-pipe can be suspended from the coop using wire or even placed on the ground, as seen in the picture. Once it is secure enough to withstand many pecks in the morning, it should suffice.
PVC tubing can also be successfully used in sheep and goat farming. For the carpenters out there, you will need to build a base for the piping to lay in (see picture for ideas). Although, Some farmers have begun putting PVC piping through each sheep pen in lambing areas, with holes cut out in the top of the pipe, at each pen. This is a great alternative way of providing drinking water for the animals, without the extra expense of metal piping.
Barrels are also a very cheap way of providing eating stations for animals. They can be used for every farm animal, big or small, with minimal work needed.
As you can see from the first pictures, with the help of a wooden frame (built by you), you can fit a plastic barrel, cut in half, into it as a feeder. It can be used as both a feeder and a water trough and can be made very cheaply.
They can also be moulded into the perfect sheep/goat feeders also. In the pictures below you can see some sample designs. Both designs can be used as successful hay/silage feeders.
Not only can they be used as feeders, but they can also be used to hold minerals. The barrels, which are easily cut, can be shaped into the perfect mineral feeder and fitted to fencing in the paddocks. This means you stock have access to minerals, all the time! Whilst it also helps prevent it getting spoilt by moisture and spilled.
Instead of spending money needlessly on top of the range feeders, why not build them yourself and save yourself some money. Farming is an expensive occupation, the money would no doubt, come in handy!
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