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post #1 of 8 Old 05-23-2014, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Easier way to soak hay

I have been soaking hay and it is hard to poor off the water and not much hay fits in a large manure type bucket. Besides it being heavy the water gushes everywhere and gets shoes and pants wet.

I am now using a huge igloo cooler. I can fit 6 nice size flakes and when I want to drain I just pull the plug. It is soo much easier and I can do a days worth at once. Before I was soaking 3 times a day to get enough hay.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-24-2014, 09:13 AM
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You could put it in a hay net first then into the muck bucket. Then just lift the haynet and hang it to drip.
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It hasn't come to that for me yet, just a matter of time but I think I'd take one of my 55 gallon barrels and put a drain plug in at the bottom so I could do an entire bale of hay in a net all at once. I'd have to have some sort of pulley rigged to get it out and hanging though.
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OP have you had your hay tested to know for sure whether you need to soak it?

I tested my hay four years in a row and it always came back between 8% and 9% NSC, so I stopped testing and stopped soaking after the first season.

That 50 gallon drum with a plug sounds like a great idea. Maybe you should patent that, especially if you could figure a way to have the drum on an elevated frame with wheels and handle for pulling. Solid rubber wheel barrow wheels would be ideal as they are sturdy and would never go flat

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That is one of the many reasons we feed haylage to our horses...
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You could put it in a hay net first then into the muck bucket. Then just lift the haynet and hang it to drip.
Too heavy to lift and you can't fit much hay in a muck bucket. I can get 3/4 of a bale in my large cooler and only 2-3 flakes in a bucket
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OP have you had your hay tested to know for sure whether you need to soak it?

I tested my hay four years in a row and it always came back between 8% and 9% NSC, so I stopped testing and stopped soaking after the first season.

That 50 gallon drum with a plug sounds like a great idea. Maybe you should patent that, especially if you could figure a way to have the drum on an elevated frame with wheels and handle for pulling. Solid rubber wheel barrow wheels would be ideal as they are sturdy and would never go flat
I haven't tested it I know from results with the horse that the soaking is working.
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That is one of the many reasons we feed haylage to our horses...
haylage reduces dust but not carb/sugar content.
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