How to Make a Bottle Rack for Baby Calves


During the first months of a calf's life it needs to be bottle fed, which can be an extremely tiring job for a farmer. Creating a bottle rack for your calves' bottles is a time-saving way to feed calves whenever they need to eat. Creating this calf bottle rack allows a farmer to place up to seven bottles in a rack, so the calves can feed when they desire.

Things You'll Need

  • Two 1-by-6 inch boards 39 1/2 inches long
  • Eight 1 X 6 inch boards, 5 inches long
  • Two 1/4-inch lattice strips, 39 and 1/2 inches long
  • One box 2-inch screws
  • Drill
  • Phillip's head drill bit
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Wood glue
  • Two 5-inch screws
  • Lay the 39 and ½-inch board on a flat surface, running horizontally. Measure over one inch from the left end, and mark this location. Measure over four and one-half inches from the one-inch mark, and mark this location. Repeat this process until you mark the entire length of the board. Repeat this process with the second 1 X 6 inch board, that is 39 and ½ inches long.

  • Apply wood glue at every one-inch space along the top of one board. Press the six-inch edge of the 1 X 6 X 5 inch boards along each of the eight one-inch spaces.

  • Apply wood glue at every one-inch space, along the top of the second 1 X 6 X 39 and ½ inch board, and press the one-inch spaces to the top of all eight 1 X 6 X 5 inch boards, to create the bottle holder.

  • Drive two two-inch screws through each side of each of the eight one-inch locations, along the two 39 and ½-inch boards, to join all ten sections of wood together, permanently.

  • Place the bottle holder in a standing position, so that all seven cubby holes are visible from the top. Measure in two inches from each end, and place one 1/4-inch lattice strip at each location, along the top of the bottle holder.

  • Drive one screw through each end of the lattice strip, to join it with the bottle holder. Face this side down to install.

  • Hold the bottle holder along two posts, in the calf's pen. Drive one five-inch screw through each post ,into the bottle holder, to join it to the pen. Insert bottles for feeding.

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