Feeding goats can be so very expensive. This year we have come into some hard times and had to find other ways to feed the goats. Hay has gotten so expensive here we almost can’t afford it, but we can’t afford enough to get through the entire month so we have supplementing with other ways of feeding them to keep them healthy.
Aarron has gotten a hold of our local feed store and has been able to clean up their hay storage area. So yes this is hay that has been on the ground, but it’s still good hay. There is no mold in what we keep from cleaning the hay area. We are picky on what we keep to make sure that we won’t make our goats sick, but there is still a lot of good usable hay. We get this for free because Aarron is providing a service for them by keeping their hay area clean.
Another thing that we do, is let the goats out into the main yard so they can clean up brush. I know they can be picky eaters and mine usually are. You will have to watch them because they will go after everything you don’t want them to eat first. If you have any fruit trees or bushes, make sure they are blocked off. If you have a garden, make sure the goats can’t get into it because if they can, they will.
Finally we supplement with fruits and veggies from the house and the garden. Of course you want to make sure that where ever you get these from don’t use pesticides and other chemicals because these can affect your goats. You want to make sure you have clean organic foods when you give it to your goats.
Of course we still buy them hay every chance we can but this has helped us to make sure they were fed at all times. If you have any other ideas on how to feed goats on a budget I would love to hear them.
Have a great day!