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post #1 of 13 Old 12-15-2010, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Weighing hay?

I'm just wondering what you all, who weigh your hay, use to weigh it...

I realized today as I was feeding Lacey that I really have no clue about how much I'm actually feeding her. I'm just picking out a few flakes of alfalfa and a few flakes of grass hay and saying "this looks like enough" when it really might be too much... I'm sure it's not too little since she's gaining weight, but I realized I should probably know how much I'm feeding before I just throw hay in her face.

Do you just use a human scale or something?

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post #2 of 13 Old 12-15-2010, 07:53 PM
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I use an old bathroom scale but one of the hanging ones like you see in the produce aisle would probably work (I measure my grain in them).

I just weigh a flake at the beginning of each bale and guesstimate from there usually.
Right now he's getting fat on free choice.
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Spastic, you are certainly not a bad horsey mom LOL. I don't weigh my hay at all. I judge by the quality of the hay, the appearance of the horse, how quickly they finish what I give them, etc.

Like right now with my horses that are being fed in meals instead of free choice, I have 2 that get much less as they are both fat and don't seem to need as much food since they usually have a bit left over at the next feeding so they get 1 flake per meal. Another one eats slowly but unless she gets at least 1 1/2 flakes a meal (3x3 flakes), she starts to get ribby. The last one is a vacuum cleaner and a pretty hard keeper. He requires at least 3 flakes per feeding or he drops weight like crazy. The bales themselves average about 800 pounds and I would say that a flake would weigh 10-20 pounds depending on the bale.

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We weigh everything we Sell! Most people have no idea how much their hay bales weigh. HERE, most locals will tell you they have 60lb bales but in reality there are a lot of 25-35lb bales. Buy all of your hay by the ton, not the bale.
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post #5 of 13 Old 12-16-2010, 01:26 PM
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I bought a scale similar to this one and use a large feed bowl with it. I zero out for the bowl and then weigh out the hay. Sits on top of my supply cart and works great.
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I stick it in a hay bag (I feed in a small hole mesh (slow feeder) hay bag). I bought the $5 fish scale at Walmart. I hang the hay bag from the fish scale. Accurate enough.
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I wiegh my bales about once a week when I am feeding squares... mine average about 40lbs and two horses eat 1 a day :) unless they start fussing with each other then I will throw a bit more

I use my bathroom scales and make hubby stand on it then I hand him a bale LOL

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I live where we can get very cold. They get all the hay they can eat. Round bale in front of them at all times!
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I wiegh my bales about once a week when I am feeding squares... mine average about 40lbs and two horses eat 1 a day :) unless they start fussing with each other then I will throw a bit more

I use my bathroom scales and make hubby stand on it then I hand him a bale LOL

Good idea!

According to my dad's humongous scale in his woodshop, my bales are about 40 pounds each and, depending on how cold or warm it is, I give my two boys a half to three fourths of a bale in the morning and another half to three fourths in the evening. If it gets down below fifteen degrees or so at night (pretty dang cold for my area) I'll put out a whole bale. I wish I could just give them round bales, but they like to stomp it down in the mud before they finish it .

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Thanks everyone! This was very informative!
I looked around my house and found a normal scale that was being ignored (poor scale, it's all sweet and retro) so I took that up to the barn/shed thing and it seems to be working ok. It's probably not 100% accurate but I think it's probably accurate enough. :)

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