Feed Room Tour

Come tour the little feed room in my goat barn.

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

At the very beginning though, I'm going to admit that this is more of a glimpse than a tour; my feed room isn't very big. 

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Keeping the feed room secure

It's a ten-foot by four-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 the goats pushed the gate off the hinges and were inside. As the saying goes, "if it isn't water-tight it won't hold a goat either." Yep.

The adjoining stall is filled with hay, so the common "wall" isn't accessible to the goats from the other side. I wouldn't keep items on this common wall if they could reach over it, but the floor plan has worked to my advantage in this case.

Goat feeders hang on a convenient 2x4" in my feed room when not in use.

The 2x4" board at the top of the fence/wall holds several hanging feeders when they're not in use. The shallow feeders fit on the milk stand at milking time, where the does eat their grain while being milked. The Chief built my milk stand and designed a 2"x4" frame for the feeder to hang in front of the goat.

The deeper horse feeder is an extra one that stores items that I need easy access to: my work gloves, wire cutters, etc. I can reach over and grab these items without having to undo the chain, wire and rope that keep that gate secure so the goats can't get in there. Again.

The Chief says the gate looks like Fort Knox.

Small items and supplements

This is my absolutely favorite storage solution.

These two wire baskets used to hang from pegboard in a shed, and were used to store tools by the former owner of our homestead. 

The baskets hang from the fencing with the spring clips that people use as keyrings nowadays, which resemble carabiners. 

Amazon has a wide selection of wire baskets similar to these in various shapes and sizes, if you want to adapt this storage method in your own barn.

The wire baskets hold my feeding dishes, scoops, supplements and other items in easy reach, and there's room to set feeders while I measure feed too. They've worked out great

Since I don't have a table or a counter in my feed room, the baskets have turned out to be a good substitute at just the right height - and the height is adjustable because I can move the spring clips up or down as needed.

Buckets and sacks of feed

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

Also hanging from the fence is the hay bag that holds a flake or two for a horse when we go somewhere. Amazon carries these fabric hay feeders in a choice of colors, but we bought this green print at a tack store in a big city. 

This otherwise-wasted space behind the gate is a perfect place to store this flat bag, or any other flat or thin items you might have.

The narrow space behind the gate is perfect for storing flat or thin items like a hay bag.

Cupboards and shelves

Along the short wall is a tall plastic cabinet with doors similar to this one (since I don't have a photo of it to show you, you can check out Amazon's image), which we bought at a deep discount. 

It holds additional miscellaneous items: hoof-trimmers, the first aid kit, udder balm, the lidded bucket of kidding supplies, grooming items and so on. 

On the top of the cabinet I store the tank heater for the water trough in the winter. (I love that tank heater! I broke ice on the troughs for many winters before getting one. I wrote about keeping livestock water from freezing here.)

The open bags of feed are lined up against the back wall, one bag of each type of feed that I use. Extra bags are stored in another area - dry, locked, and rodent-proof. So I don't have to worry about the goats getting into them. Again.

I picked up this 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, medication dosages, and so on. It's been invaluable.

I should have dusted before giving you a tour! Well, I'm just keeping it real.

These homemade tie straps work great to hold the goats' big gate shut.

Elsewhere in the goat barn

This gate keeps the goats inside when the big overhead door is open for ventilation. 

A local man made those short tie-straps for me. They are ten inches long, including the snap at each end. The Chief screwed an eye bolt on each side of the gate post for the snaps to clip to and hold the gate shut.

I use these tie-straps to tie the milk goats to the fence each morning so that peace reigns in the milking barn. (Have you read about the one thing I did to change my goat milking routine and save my sanity? Yes, I love these tie-straps!)

I share the ten top items you must have if you have goats, including these tie-straps. You'll also find all of my goat posts here.

That's my little feed room, such as it is. I hope you enjoyed the glimpse.

This post from 2011 was updated in 2020. Unfortunately, our goat barn was lost in a fire in 2012.

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  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.

  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.

    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!