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post #1 of 10 Old 10-25-2012, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question Any opinions on Hay cubes???

Do you guys have any information, opinions, experiences, advantages and/or disadvantages on hay cubes??? Would like to know as much as possible. Thanks for your help guys.
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-25-2012, 07:36 PM
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As what - supplemental/hay stretcher, primary feed source.....grass, alfalfa, mixed? I've never used them as a primary feed source, because at $10/50 they are more expensive than regular baled hay that I have access too -- but they are great for using as a supplement (ie to get alfalfa into the diet to go with grass hay w/out having to keep two types of baled hay on hand, etc), which is what we have used them for. I really don't have anything bad to say about them.
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-25-2012, 07:44 PM
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We give soaked hay cubes to our horses when they need to gain some weight. They make a good supplement. That's my only experience, though. I can't imagine using them in place of baled hay, that would be so expensive!
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post #4 of 10 Old 10-25-2012, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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As primary feed source - did not even know if that would be a possiblilty. We are feeding haylage right now but someone told me that they are way cheaper but I can not find too much info online on them... We pay Can$55 per round bale right now...
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post #5 of 10 Old 10-25-2012, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks for the info. Think I should find out who sells them here and check out prices... sounds like they are more expensive than baled hay. Guess the person I talked to was wrong about the price... will check. Thanks again!!!
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post #6 of 10 Old 10-25-2012, 07:52 PM
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Seems to me I paid about $23 for alfalfa cubes. Our dealer carried compressed hay in pellet form only. He carries Purina but I can't recall if the cubes were Purina's.
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-25-2012, 07:56 PM
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I always use hay cubes as a supplement in between feeds during our cold winters - always, always soaked. When we get into the frigid temps, I use hot water to soak them so they're warm when given - often with little apple chunks to boot. Spoiled, I know, but the appreciative nuzzles on a 0 degree day is worth it :)
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post #8 of 10 Old 10-25-2012, 09:11 PM
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I have just started feeding them as a sole source for my pony and my two year old filly (with other feeds). I keep a hay bag in their stalls in case they want to nibble real hay, but they ignore it so I am really only feeding hay to Whiskey now.

As for more expensive - not here anymore. I pay 12. for a 50 lb bag of alfalfa mini cubes, or I can pay 13-16 for a 60 lb bale of alfalfa. So not much difference and my horses waste NONE of the cubes.

Ivy (2 1/2) gets daily (divided into two feedings):

12 lbs alfalfa mini cubes
5 lbs nutrena pelleted senior complete feed
3 lbs nutrena select (I think) senior complete feed (has molasses in it and probiotics)
2 lbs beet pulp
1 cup Omega horse shine.

I add all the above into her feed bucket, and water to cover and let it sit for 15/20 min (normally clean stalls and water while waiting). Then stir it all up and she cleans it up - takes her awhile, several hours, but it is gone by next feeding.

Pony gets half of what Ivy gets. He is getting plump :) so may be cutting that down - he was ribby and his topline was thin when he got here so I am trying to get him a good weight.

Whiskey just gets alfalfa mix hay and a scoop of complete feed to put her horseshine in. She is fat. Love the easy ones.

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post #9 of 10 Old 10-25-2012, 09:21 PM
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I carry them for camping, usually splash a bit of water on em.
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post #10 of 10 Old 10-25-2012, 11:47 PM
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I think ours are running $14/40lb bag here. Just went up in price $1.50 per bag.
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