How to Make a Kid and Goat Creep Feeder

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Items you will need

  • 1- 16 foot cattle panel cut into 4 - 4' pieces

  • Plastic zip ties or clamps

  • Gloves

  • Brass snaps

  • Saw

Tip

  • Mature goats that were raised using a creep feeder can be difficult to keep out of a kid creep feeder.

Tip

  • A kid creep feeder can be made using three sections of panel gates if you place the feeder against a barn or outbuilding.

    Be sure to give the kids access to water inside the creep feeding pen.

Creep feeding kids or baby goats is the accepted method of feeding to lesson the stress of weaning. Creep feeding is also used to make the kids gain the maximum amount of weight without wasting feed. Using a creep feeder is especially important for kids that are born in sets of twins or triplets. Be sure to clean the creep feeder daily and always remove and dispose of wet feed. Never let the feeder go empty or the kids will be at risk of enterotoxemia or over-eating syndrome.

Choose a spot to locate the creep feeder that has plenty of shade and overhead protection from rain.

Cut out every other square of the bottom section of one of the four foot cattle panels with a saw. This will make holes big enough for the kids to get through, but not the mature goats.

Sink the bottom prongs of each piece of cattle panel into the ground arranging each piece to make a square.

Tie the corners together with clamps or plastic zip ties.

Attach brass snaps to one of the panels to make a gate to open and put the feed and water in.

Place a large feeder in the center of the creep feeder with goat feed for the kids.

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Author

Kay Baxter is a freelance writer that has been writing articles since 1999 on a variety of subjects such as small equine and art instruction. Her book "Miniature Horse Conformation" was published in 2007. Baxter has also had articles published by "Better Homes & Garden" and "The Horse Magazine." Baxter attended Illinois Central College, majoring in art.