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post #1 of 24 Old 07-22-2013, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Best way to store hay on the ground?

I am self care boarding. I have a spot to put hay but its a 12x12 area in a garage. I want plenty of hay to last me until next year. I have access to stalls, but they have a dirt floor. What would be the best way to put hay in them?

Best idea I had was putting down pallets then putting a tarp on them, then stacking the hay.
The stalls are 10x10 about? How many avarege size bales will fit in a 10x10 stall?
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I would use the pallets without the tarp. The tarp will just trap moisture against the hay. As for how many, depending on how high you want to go, you could probably fit 4 pallets in the stall depending on the size of the pallets. The ones I have fit two and a half bales side by side, so per two pallets you could probably fit 5 across and then multiply by how high of a stack you want to do.
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ive got an 8 X 16 hay shed, I laid down a couple blocks, then put down 2 8 foot 2X4's stack a row of hay, put down some more blocks, 2X 4's repeat, as I feed hay back, I leant the 2X 4's up a gainst the wall so I aint tripping over them. Pallets are ok till you step down in between two of them.
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Putting them on pallets is a good idea. I don't think I would put a tarp under them. That would restrict air flow and they could easily mold if any moisture got on top of the tarp.

We have a 10x20 shed about 6 feet high. We can only get about 150 bales in there. Unless you went higher, you could figure about 75 bales in a 10x10 stall.
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As long as the hay is up off the ground, you're good. Pallets are good, wood strips are fine, I have seen hay stacked on top of old tires laid out on the ground, all kept the hay from getting rotten on the bottom & no need to tarp if the hay is under cover.
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post #6 of 24 Old 07-22-2013, 06:19 PM
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Pallets, no tarp. It'll trap moisture. I like Joes way too. May try that next time if I can round up enough block.
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Thanks everyone for the great ideas. At first I was figuring I would need about 400 bales to last me the year... But now I'm thinking, after feeding my guy the last 4 days, a bale lasts me about 2 days andim generous with me hay... So 200 bales should be a safe bet ( in the winter if he is kept inside he might eat more).

Does 200 bales sound right? I'm having nightmares about being in the dead of winter and having no hay.

I've managed barns in the past, but never had to deal with ordering hay... It's a big part of my education I'm actually happy I get to deal with now.
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Put down a plastic tarp first then two rows of pallets if you have enough. The plastic will stop ground or cement moisture and the double pallets will allow air movement. Leave walk around room or more if you can for air movement. If windows can be opened better yet. The breezes help remove moisture that is in the hay. Close the building up and you'll find half your hay is moldy. This advice is from learning the hard way and this is what works best.
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post #9 of 24 Old 07-22-2013, 10:37 PM
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You know what we did? we went to our local grocery store and picked up wooden pallets and stack our hay on top of it. Did that for years and it worked out great. You can always pick them up for free form grocery stores.
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Quote:...Does 200 bales sound right?

When I'm calculating hay for the winter I go with (assuming an average size 1,000 lb horse give or take a few pounds and also assuming a 50 lb bale of hay) 25 lbs per day per horse. So, for a month for one horse you would need 25 lbs x 30 days / 50 lbs = 15 bales and for a six month period you would then need 15 x 6 = 90 bales plus add on 10 bales just in case for a grand total of 100 bales minimum. It never hurts to have extra hay, by the way, especially if you can store it in a protected (ie away from the elements and sticky fingers) place.
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