October 10, 2011

Feed Room Tour

I love touring other people's barns, whether it's in person, through photos, or online.

At the very beginning I'm going to admit that this is more of a glimpse than a tour - it's not about my barn, just my feed room, and my feed room isn't very big. It's a 10-foot by 10-foot corner stall in the goat barn, with a chain, a wire, AND a rope tying the gate shut so the goats can't get in there again.


The hinge side of the chain-link gate is also tied with wire since one day they'd gotten the gate off the hinges. As the saying goes, "if it isn't water-tight it won't hold a goat either."

More than half of that 10x10-foot space is now storing hay bales for the upcoming winter. That leaves a space 10-feet deep by about 4-feet wide.

The adjoining stall is also filled with hay, so the common "wall" isn't accessible to the goats from the other side. In spring when this adjoining stall is once again in use as a kidding stall, I'll move all of this to another wall out of reach of the goats, but that wall is now blocked by the stored hay bales.


First, the 2x4 board at the top of the fence/wall holds several hanging feeders. These fit on the milkstand at milking time. The deeper horse feeder stores items that I need easy access to: my work gloves, wire cutters, etc. I can reach over and access these without having to undo the chain, wire and rope that keep that gate shut. (My hubby says it looks like Fort Knox.)

Sometimes they hold other things too. This is Charlie.


Then my favorite storage solution:


These two baskets used to hang from pegboard in a shed that we've torn down, and were used to store tools or something similar. They now hang from the fencing with the snap-clips that people use as keyrings nowadays, resembling caribiners that climbers use.


The baskets hold my feeding dishes, scoops, supplements and other items in easy reach. They've worked out great. Since I don't have a counter in my feed room, the baskets have turned out to be a good substitute at just the right height.


On the ground under the baskets are the buckets of goat minerals, chicken feed, the hoof supplement that my farrier recommended for the soft-hooved horse.

Also hanging from the fencing is the fabric hay feeder that holds a flake or two for a horse when we go somewhere. This is a handy place to store it out of the way, flat behind the gate.


Along the back wall is a Rubbermaid shelf unit. It holds additional miscellaneous items: hoof-trimmers, the first aid kit, hand sanitizer, udder balm, the lidded bucket of kidding supplies, grooming items and so on. It's partially covered by the hay bales right now. On the top I've stored the tank heater for the water trough in the winter.

The open bags of feed are lined up against the hay bales, one bag of each item I use. Extra bags are stored in another area - dry, locked, and rodent-proof. My barn cats do a great job of keeping the barn rodent-free.


I picked up a magnetic dry-erase board at a back-to-school sale and have it hanging on the metal wall of the barn. I can write down breeding dates, medicine dosages, and so on. It's been invaluable.

That's my tiny little feed room, such as it is.

UPDATE - the gate into the goat barn used to have this latch on it:


but this year has been so dry that the screws kept coming out of the 2x4's! Hubby changed it to this set-up with an eye-bolt on each side:


A friend made these short tie-straps for me. They are ten inches long, including the snap at each end. I use them to tie the milkers to the fence each morning so that peace reigns in the milking barn. The straps work great for many other uses too, such as this one.

3 comments:

  1. Hey there, :)
    What a lovely storage room. Ours is inside the milking parlor... mainly a stall of pallets to hold the hay down there (the rest is up in the metal barn...) and a garbage can to keep the open feed bags in. (Our cats are just getting old enough to start hunting.)

    Thank you for sharing and the Lord bless you.

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  2. kayton downs7:41 PM

    Great ideas. Thank you for sharing them. They will help us to overcome some of the 'dramas' that we encounter with our girls. They are our babies.

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    1. You're welcome, Kayton. Goats are such drama queens. I recommend those short straps with the clip on each end. I clip each goat to the fence before I start milking. It keeps them from rushing the stand and arguing with each other. Peace reigns!

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