May 21, 2014

The Hay with It!!

My 100 bales that I bought last September did not last as long as I'd hoped.

There were several reasons:
1) The bales weren't as heavy as originally thought so my estimate for a years amount didn't pan out
2) Many bales and sections of bales were tossed due to mold

3) My hubby and I caused three bales to have mold since these particular bales were stacked too close to the outside wall of the shed and were eventually touching the ground of the shed due to critter dirt moving (bunnies and their burrowing!!)

This year I'm upping my count to 130 bales of 60 lbs., I really should only need 121 based on 20lbs per day.  Depending on the weight of each bale will depend on how many bales I'll need to buy, 130 sounds like a safe bet.

I just purchased 30 bales for now to tide me over, not the best quality but it's slim pickings out there at this time of year.  Dani doesn't seem to mind and actually seems to prefer the courser hay.

Hopefully we'll have some success with a hay co-op this year and find better prices on hay as well!


Nuzzling Muzzles said...

It's tough trying to find hay if you run out before the first cutting in some parts of the country. Where did you get those hay bags? Every hay bag and slow feeder I've found was an accident waiting for happen with my horses, but those bags look safe.

Christie Maszkiewicz said...

Those hay bags are from NibbleNet They are expensive but very sturdy with straps to hold the top and bottom. I accidentally bought the second bag with larger holes but it still keeps my mare chewing longer. I love them!

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