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post #11 of 24 Old 07-23-2013, 02:20 PM
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no plastic or tarps on the bottom. It will hold moisture and they hay will wick that up .
It depends on your bale size and weight and what type of hay., as an example per horse, I get alfalfa 120 lb bales, heavy bales , not light packed bales, and one bale last about one week.
So I figure 84 bales for 4 months , plus add a few in case of mold in case a cover leaks and in case of rodent damage. Lighter packed bales I try to figure and extra bale or two per month.
Last year we got 42 tons of hay for 18 horses , August to end of July . I just had to get another 100 bales and it should last to the end of Sept, and I am hoping hay prices drop. Usually does as the protein level drops and the dairy people don't want the hay.
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post #12 of 24 Old 07-23-2013, 03:10 PM
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I agree, no tarps or plastic. If you want, put 2 layers of pallets under them.
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We have a long building that we are going to use to store firewood in (we heat our house with wood only). Right now it is only a frame. We don't have it roofed yet or anything. My dad set pallets in one of the boxes and put a tarp over the framing and it worked beautifully. There was one area on the bottom where one bale did get moldy though. The others were fine. The other issue I had with this is there was a bee hive under the pallet and when I moved one of the bottom bales when we were moving them to our barn, I interrupted it. Probably not very likely to happen but I thought I'd mention that.



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I havn't tried it myself, but, the people I bought my hay from this year said they put a layer of road salt down & stack their hay on the salt. He said the salt will trap the moister & what salt does get into the bottom layer of bales wont hurt the animals

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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.
Figuring hay needs- when we moved here to eastern WA, with our horses at home (never had done that before), everyone told us to figure 2 ton of hay per head for the 3 hard winter months. That is with really nothing to eat on the ground because of the constant-doesn't-melt-away-snow. And you also have to figure: another 2 ton of hay for another 3 months there as well, if that makes sense- hay isn't easily accessible or necessarily cheap (if it is accessible) during the winter and fall months- so we put up enough to get us through from ~September/October to May/June, figuring on the 2ton/head/3months-ish math. It worked for us this winter, and we way over fed. Hope that helps!
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Figuring hay needs- when we moved here to eastern WA, with our horses at home (never had done that before), everyone told us to figure 2 ton of hay per head for the 3 hard winter months. That is with really nothing to eat on the ground because of the constant-doesn't-melt-away-snow. And you also have to figure: another 2 ton of hay for another 3 months there as well, if that makes sense- hay isn't easily accessible or necessarily cheap (if it is accessible) during the winter and fall months- so we put up enough to get us through from ~September/October to May/June, figuring on the 2ton/head/3months-ish math. It worked for us this winter, and we way over fed. Hope that helps!
So your saying 4 tons per horse should be stored for the off season? How many small/ large bails is that anyway?
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35 small bales is roughly a ton. Depends on the hay though.

What we do is prebuy round bales and our hay guy stores them for us. We pickup as needed, and feed free access.

I'd think even at 400 small bales you'd be close (Indiana winter, idk where you are) but I seriously doubt you'll get 200 in that space.

Stacking that many bales straight up would be TALL.

I'd pre buy and pick up 30 or so at a time, it's manageable and would fill that space safely.
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So your saying 4 tons per horse should be stored for the off season? How many small/ large bails is that anyway?
Yes, 4 bales would be about it, I would think. No quoting and suing me if it doesn't work! Lol
We are aiming to have 8-10 tons for 2 horses.
Amount of bales is dependent on how many bales make a ton for you.
We get hay from 2 sources- one is 33 to the ton, the other is 22 to the ton- that is a big difference.
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2geldings.. We have to purchase pallets here ! ..
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For pallets, try The Freecycle Network it's like craigslist for people that want to find homes for their "junk" rather than fill up the landfills. I found a nearby boarding farm that buys stuff by the truck load that was throwing their pallets away. When they unload a truck, they call me and I pick up the pallets.
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