Miniature Sheep Feeder Plans


Originally Posted June 1, 2013
By Ken Clifton NABSSAR Member

As a new Babydoll Southdown flock family, we needed a good way to provide hay and grain while minimizing waste. Many of the hay feeders I looked at were simply too tall for our new flock. We have our ewes and rams separated so I did not want an eight foot long feeder.

My solution has worked well for four years with almost zero waste. The feeder allows an entire square hay bail to be dropped into the feeder and simply cut the twine on the bale. I hope these plans might help another member in the future.

Giving credit where credit is due): The general concept is patterned from the Premier1Supplies single feeder (

Download PDF of the plans

Here are a few photos of our single 48 inch wide feeder

Photo of a completed minature sheep feeder

Photo of a completed feeder

side-view photo of a complted minature sheep feeder

Side view of a completed miniature sheep feeder

photo of completed feeder with hay

Completed feeder with hay

Dimensional Drawing of the feeder:

image of dimensional drawing for minature sheep feeder

dimensional drawing of minature sheep feeder

Material List for one 48 inch feeder

Eight 2 x 4 x 48″ (horizontals)—$25
Two 2 x 4 x 44″ (vertical legs); treated—$7
Two 2 x 4 23″ (short legs); treated—$4
Two 2 x 4 x 25″ floor supports—$3
1/3 sheet of 1/2″ treated plywood floor (16″ x 48″)—$12
1/3 sheet of CDX 1/2″ plywood (16″ x 48″)—$6
One 8″ x 96″ piece of CDX plywood—$3
60 2-1/2″ decking screws (to attach horizontals and legs)
40 1-1/2″ sheeting screws (to attach plywood floors, sides and angled feeder
one sheet 13″ x 25″ CDX plywood—$3
one Premier Sheep Feeder Insert 30×48 inch p/n: 966100 – $23

Note 1: I used treated ½ plywood for the entire feeder instead of CDX. The use of CDX plywood will provide cost savings, but I have never liked that material.

Note 2: Dimensions given assume use of purchased lumber (i.e. a 2 x 4 is actually 1 1/2″). If rough sawn lumber is used, the instructions and numbers will need to be adjusted accordingly.

Step 1: Cut all 2x4s to the dimensions shown

Step 2: Assemble the front treated 2×4 legs onto two 2x4x48 horizontals. I used the sheet of plywood as a table, saving its cutting as the last step. I also used decking screws because nailing the legs often causes the items to move – drilling and screwing are much more precise. Screws also make repairs easier.

Step 3: Assemble the top ½ inch 8×48 plywood and 2×4 onto the top of the back

Step 4: Assemble the back treated 2×4 legs onto two 2x4x48 horizontals. Notice the offset front 2×4 on the front legs. Half of this 2×4 is above the front legs to provide support for the plywood hay ramp.

Step 5: Assemble the front and back legs together using the 2x4x25 floor supports. It is very useful to have someone present to help hold the items square while drilling and screwing the front and back together. Also screw down the treated plywood trough floor using sheeting screws.

Step 6: Assemble the plywood ramp as shown in the drawing. The ramp is anchored using sheeting screws.

Step 7: Assemble the feeder insert using the staples provided, nailing the insert to the top and to the floor.

Step 8: Assemble the ½ inch 13×25 plywood ends, screw them to the 2×4 legs using sheeting screws.

Step 9: Finishing, I used boiled linseed oil to coat the feeder. Linseed oil is a hardening oil that is non-toxic to humans and animals.

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