Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: central Illinois
The few we have used have been stored outside. We can not find anyone who stores them inside.
When we lived in Missouri and now up here in Illinois. I even called a big hay place and they store their round bales outside.
Their bigger square bales are stored inside. They are 3ft. x 3ft x 7ft and weigh 750 pounds. They cost $70. Their round bales are 1,200 - 1,500 pounds and also cost $70.
I would be able to get a lot more hay for the same price, but since they are stored outside, I am pretty sure they would have mold.
Any hay I have seen for sale (in four counties or more) that are round bales, are stored outside. No one puts them inside or under cover.
We do have normal size square bales, but if we have days of ice or blizzard kind of snow blowing, getting out to give the horses and goats food, may not be possible for that day. With a large bale, they can feed any time they want and how much they want. They won't miss out on food if there is a day we can't get to them.