My makeshift goat hay rack.
One of the best skills to have around the farm is being able to rig up solutions to problems with the supplies you have on hand, many of which will be recycled from other projects to begin with. It doesn’t have to be pretty, it just has to work…and be safe. Building with recycled material not only saves money, but keeps a bit more junk out of landfills and if you’re a beginner at building, it also gives you a chance to learn how to use your tools without ruining new materials. I’m not gonna lie, the only reason I know how to use a drill and a saw is because of all the random things I’ve had to slap together around the farm. This is why I save any usable materials I come across, and I’ve now got a big stash of lightly warped wood, roofing panels with a bit of rust on them, and any thing else I might have a use for one day.
Today I was using recycled 2×4’s, that were once rafters from an old barn I took down last summer, to build a hay rack for my goats.
I got the basic design from this website, and just made it simpler. Definitely check his blog out, a lot of great information there.
4-4 foot 2×4’s
4-3 foot 2×4’s
4-18 inch 2×4’s
9- 39 inch 1×4’s
A scrap piece of fence wire, chicken wire, or netting.
A box of 3 inch screws/nails (Screws would have made this so much easier, but I didn’t have any on hand…and was too lazy to go pick some up.)
A box of 2 inch screws/nails
Some fencing “U” nails
If you want it bigger just make the 18 inch and the 3 foot 2×4’s bigger in the plans.
Step one, Place the screw or nail in the middle and ¾ of an inch from the end of the 18 inch 2×4. Do this for both sides.
Step two, slap that sucker on to one of the 3 foot 2×4’s, making and upside down L shape.
Step three, connect another 3 foot board to the other side. Then flip it over and connect another 18 inch 2×4 on top of it. Now you got a little box.
Step four, Make another box the same way.
Step five, you’re now going to connect the boxes to the 4 foot 2×4 legs. Place one of the boxes at the end of the 4 foot 2×4 and one at the one foot line (Click the photo to better see the line). Then do this for the rest of the legs.
Step six, Screw in one of the 39 inch 1×4’s across the bottom box, then place some fencing wire across the bottom, or pretty much anything that keeps the hay from falling through.
Step seven, screw in the rest of the 39 inch 1×4’s to the boxes 6 inches or so away from each other. Three on each long side and one in the middle of each short side.
Now fill it up with hay and let the goats (or your kids) have at it.