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post #1 of 6 Old 01-07-2008, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Coffee can weights for giving grain

I am supposed to feed my horse 1 lb of grain a day. I tried to weigh it but even with the can full it still doesn't say it is a pound which I know isn't true.

Does anyone knows what about 1lb is in a coffee can? It doesn't have to be exact but just around where it is would be good.
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-07-2008, 05:26 PM
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Well 16 ounces is a pound so if the cup is measured in oz. you can convert that way. The other thing to consider is that the cofee might not be the same density as you're grain.
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-07-2008, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Well I am really just wondering if anyone has weighed before and knows what 1 lb is.
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-07-2008, 07:37 PM
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I weigh feed everytime I feed. The scoop I use is a smaller one. I would say I could get 2 cup of feed in it and that would weigh 1/2 a pound. I give my guys two scoops in am and two scoops in pm. one pound every feeding. I may be over feeding, the sweet 12 feed weighs real close to the complete pellet feed. I hope this helps.
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-08-2008, 01:17 PM
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Feeds don't all weigh the same and not all coffee cans are the same size. So it's important for you to weight your feed yourself.

You can get a scale at Walmart for very little that will allow you to take the container you are going to be scooping with and put it on the scale and zero it out. This will mean that when you scoop feed and put it on the scale it will only be weighing the feed.

If you want someone else to double check you, you will need to give the name of the feed you are using and exactly what coffee can you are using (brand/size).

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post #6 of 6 Old 01-08-2008, 07:08 PM
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Get a scale for sure. I just started giving my guy "lunch" on my own (to help him gain) and I was shocked at how much 3 POUNDS of grain is. I use a little kitchen scale, put my feed bowl on the scale and then adjust it to zero (or any pound increment) and add feed until it goes up 3 pounds. It takes alot of feed to equal the 3 pounds. You definitely need a scale for an accurate weight measurement. good luck!
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