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post #1 of 15 Old 05-24-2012, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Homemade Hay Steamer

Photos of my home made hay steamer. The hay gets scalding hot and smells delicious! The horses love it. They choose the steamed hay over any other. Hopefully this helps my boy Toby who was just, unfortunately, diagnosed with Heaves last week.


You can see the steam still coming off of it in this picture


Yummy!
They wont even give me a minute to put it in the hay feeders. LOL
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-24-2012, 08:30 PM
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Looks nice. How or where did you put your heating element?
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post #3 of 15 Old 05-25-2012, 05:42 AM Thread Starter
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Its a wall paper steamer. The steamer is on the outside next to the box. The hose runs into a hole we drilled at the bottom of the box and inside the hose is connected to a series of PVC pipes with 1/4" holes drilled into them. We also put larger PVC pipes on the bottom to hold the hay off the floor of the box for better circulation. It seems to be working pretty well. We can fit 1/2 bale in there and so we are going to make another to steam a whole bale at the same time.


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Why do you steam the hay? Very curious
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post #5 of 15 Old 05-25-2012, 06:40 AM
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that's awesome :)

It will kill all the impurities as well as getting rid of the dust and all that Chandra :)

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post #6 of 15 Old 05-25-2012, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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Why do you steam the hay? Very curious
My horse Toby was diagnosed with Heaves about a week and a half ago.
So I have to either soak his hay or steam it. I figured steaming was the easier way to go... since soaking in the winter would be horrendous.

I wish I had steamed my hay BEFORE he got Heaves. I feel horribly guilty for him getting Heaves - whether he got it from the dust in the hay or the pollens in the air I don't know. But I wish I had taken better precautions to ensure his good health.


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I've never heard of steamed hay, but that sounds really good!

Way to be creative :)

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post #8 of 15 Old 05-25-2012, 08:17 AM
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I have some hay steamers! You can go out on a cool morning a bit after feeding and watch them make steamy hay!

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I have some hay steamers! You can go out on a cool morning a bit after feeding and watch them make steamy hay!
Did you make your own too or did you purchase?
Please let me know - I am interested in hearing about other steamers and your success with your steamed hay?


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post #10 of 15 Old 05-25-2012, 11:19 AM
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Ummm, kim? I think fingerlakes was referring to the 'biproduct' of hay...steaming manure! Lol. I have plenty of steamed hay piling up!
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