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post #1 of 5 Old 01-09-2013, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Homemade Hay Feeder *pic*

Here is our homemade hay feeder. It is made out of two tractor tires. There is a 1/4" piece of wood between the tires with holes to drain water. The wood is attached to the bottom tire. We did not secure the top tire down yet. I am waiting to see if they push it off. If so, we will secure it. It's easier to move if they aren't fastened together, so we will see how my critters treat it. It is not big enough to fit a round bale. I fill it with squares.
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-09-2013, 01:38 AM
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That is nifty. One of mine would just stand on it. :) I like mine to have their heads down when they dine since hay around these parts can be a bit dusty. But, it looks like you live in "wetter" country. It's a nice feeder.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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Thanks.
Once they get the top eaten off, the will have to put their heads down into the tire to get hay. This particular batch of hay has no dust really at all so pretty happy about that.

I'm hoping it works. My hay guy was short on round bales this year and they're pretty scarce right now... Well, at an affordable price so im feeding squares. I don't know why they seem to wast more of the squares when I throw them into the pasture but they do.
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Square are the standard here...although rounds are becoming more and more common. With the current price of hay here...I don't "do" waste! :) I weigh it (they are chubby), and put the hay in metal troughs, additives in rubber tubs. A stylized tractor tire would actually be great for me (one level) b/c my mare "bangs" when she has finished dining.

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-22-2013, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Slow feeder net came today! I like it! It's quite easy to use and was one of the cheaper ones I found. It was $48 for a small square bale sized one. They have everything from hay bag size to 6' roundbale size. If this works, I will probably end up buying a round bale sized one next year.

My two are not thrilled about the net LOL
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