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post #1 of 25 Old 12-01-2009, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question Big Bale Buddy Feeder

Has anyone tried the "Big Bale Buddy" feeder to feed round bales. It sounds like a great idea (almost too good to be true) and I think we're going to order one.

www.bigbalebuddy.com

Any tips or problems? Is it as easy to put on with 2 people as they say? Does it hold up as well as they say?

We don't have a tractor and really can't handle a traditional feeder - plus I'd worry about one of them getting hurt on them (I've read a few horror stories). This seems like a decent alternative.

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post #2 of 25 Old 12-01-2009, 10:40 PM
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That looks soo cool! I would be interesting in trying that, but I think it would be faulty in ways. Never used it so don't know.
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post #3 of 25 Old 12-01-2009, 11:34 PM
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looks good the only problem I could see in it would be the horses tipping it or ripping the cover somehow.
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post #4 of 25 Old 12-01-2009, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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We kinda figure that for the price its worth the risk. If it does get ripped after 6 months or something, we will have saved that much on hay since our girls seem to be wasting almost 1/2 of what we give them.

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post #5 of 25 Old 12-02-2009, 12:24 AM
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The barn 5 mins from me is using them. I know BO and she said they are really neat to use and save lots of hay from wasting. I never used one though.
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post #6 of 25 Old 12-02-2009, 01:46 PM
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I have heard from other people that use them that they are really hard to get on, don't always it right (even if you buy the right size). With mine, they would tear it. You can buy a good metal round bale feeder made for horses for $300-375 new from Tractor Supply, and it will last a lot longer...

I bought a 32" tall plastic one from AGI in Texas. With shipping to Arkansas it was $238. I got the 6' wide one, but I may get the 7' for my next one. The horses are still getting hay on the ground when they eat. I figure the exta 1' will help most of it land back in the ring, for them to eat later, not step on and poop on, lol.
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That looks like a play house!
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post #9 of 25 Old 12-02-2009, 05:58 PM
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On the feeder - I'll pass - would not want one if it was free! That looks like a quick way to back surgery or a hernia. I am not afraid of work, but that just looks stupid!

On rd bales - Round bales are heavy and are not designed to be handled by Hand! We used to deliver rd bales and have customers tell us "open the gate and roll it down in the pasture". 1000lb bales are designed for tractors, not pushing or rolling.

I understand about being poor and having to do things economically, but handling rd bales by hand is not smart!
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post #10 of 25 Old 12-02-2009, 06:18 PM
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On rd bales - Round bales are heavy and are not designed to be handled by Hand! We used to deliver rd bales and have customers tell us "open the gate and roll it down in the pasture". 1000lb bales are designed for tractors, not pushing or rolling.

I understand about being poor and having to do things economically, but handling rd bales by hand is not smart!
That's a very valid point. I was looking to buy round bales as they are cheaper then squared bales when I moved horses to my place, and after looking in couple places found it to be completely unreasonable. It would be just impossible for me to move them around (even though the hay lady was telling me how great they roll :) ).
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