First of all, this is absolutely NOT my idea. Onaqui in Utah posted a picture of a similar design on their FaceBook page and I promptly stole it. So, credit goes to them. What I added was a roof. Both bunkers are convenniently located near the haystack so I can toss flakes of hay over the fence into the feeders. In general, they work great.
What I don't like is that the kids get inside the bunkers. So, what is the problem with that? There are two problems. First, the littles can still get head butted by the mature goats. Second, coccidiosis. All it takes is for one kid to develop a bloom of cocci, poo in the hay, and then the rest of the herd is infected. Cuh-raaaaap.
The Creep Feeder
So, my solution, which isn't perfect, was to designate a pen as a creep feeder for the kids. The kids still get into the bunkers, but it's becoming less of a problem as they realize that the creep feeder pen is available 24/7. How did I create a creep feeder? I took a 5' long scrap of cattle panel and used carabiners to attach it to one of my 5 x 15 kennels as a new door. Voila! Five minutes later I had a creep feeder for kids up to 4 months old that I outfitted with a medium dog house, mineral feeder, water bucket, and three feeders made from Health EZ Feeder clamshell halves. It only took me 10 years to work through this problem. Hopefully my story will cut down your learning curve. :)
Marie-France Orillion, Ph.D.
Welcome to my blog! I am a retired researcher/university administrator. Since I'm a bit of a workaholic (my other addiction is sugar), I've embarked on a second career as an elementary school teacher. When I'm not working I enjoy playing with my goats and my gardens. This blog is a place where I reflect on what I've learned along the way.