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post #11 of 21 Old 05-24-2019, 02:49 PM
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A) No wood shop above the horses or hay, too much wood dust.

B) Pallets, Pallets, Pallets. I have a big barn that I put most of my year's hay in and haul it to the horse barn a few bales at a time. I just stack 3 or 4 bales in the aisle of the barn and it's fine. The big barn that the hay is stored in has a cement floor, I just use pallets and stack the hay on those. My ceiling is over 20 ft high, so we don't stack that high, but probably 14 or 15 ft high and all on pallets so the bottoms stay dry even if we get enough rain that it comes in under the roll up doors. My hay is dry right now, even though most of my area is under water.

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Thanks everyone, I will definitely use pallets. Would anyone recommend using a double layer of pallets, both for extra strength and extra ventilation? The barn does have a cement floor but I also like the idea of putting a moisture barrier down there just in case. When we go out there again, I'm going to check really carefully for signs of water entry, also, just to be sure that there isn't going to be any moisture. Actually, now that I am thinking about it, I think the barn has little covered channels that run down either side of the aisle. But I'm not sure where they drain to. I will check that out also, and make sure to not cover them with my hay.

I will also tell my husband no woodworking in the barn. There is another outbuilding already set up as a workshop (although for weaving, not for woodworking) that he can use.
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I have never needed to stack two high. Just be sure you clean everything up when you get down to pallet level each year so the slats don't fill up with old hay duff that touches the floor and the bottom bale eventually. If you clean it up every year it won't ever do this.
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post #14 of 21 Old 05-24-2019, 07:45 PM
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Yes, two makes it far too easy to step through getting hay and break your ankle. As my brother how he knows this....


One layer of pallets should be fine. Pick them up and sweep under them at least yearly, or they collect chaff and dirt and snakes and other creepy crawlies.
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post #15 of 21 Old 05-25-2019, 01:29 AM
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The barn does have a cement floor but I also like the idea of putting a moisture barrier down there just in case.
Absolutely a moisture barrier below the pallets - I think that's much more likely to make a difference than a double layer of pallets. I actually put down a tarp and then several layers of huge sheets of bubble wrap that I got from a local furniture/appliance store - something comes wrapped in it. That was over stone dust that I've seen get damp around the edges and I didn't want to take any chances. Especially after my sister lot the whole bottom layer stored in one concrete-floored stall when she didn't put a moisture barrier under the pallets there.
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Tarp on the floor, then 1 layer of pallets is plenty. Key to safety (for your legs and for fire) is to pick up your pallets when you've picked up the last bales on them, knock the dirt, hay, junk out of them, sweep the area and stack the pallets until you buy more hay. It also stops you from having to do such a huge clean up in the spring to do it as you go. Be careful of any pallets that have broken or missing cross pieces, it's real easy to fall through and get hurt. I personally hate the pallets, but you really need them. And if you put down plywood on top, it gets way to heavy and cuts the air flow.

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Hint: find some solid top pallets. These are much easier on the ankles....

DH had a guy give him some mats from his home gym They are slick on both sides, so not good for stall use, so I used them on the concrete floor where I put my “use first” hay. It has worked really well.
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post #18 of 21 Old 05-30-2019, 11:41 AM
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I have an open air barn for my horses, dirt floor except where I store my square bales. The floor is concrete there. I throw down a trap on the floor and store as much as 120 in a 12 x 24 space. No issues at all. East Texas
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post #19 of 21 Old 05-30-2019, 11:52 AM
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For hay storage outside your barn, those metal-roofed carports that they sell everywhere work great, especially if you enclose the two or three sides exposed to prevailing winds. You can get a lot of hay in them, the airflow is good, and even here where the climate is bipolar and fluctuates between frigid winter and rain/mud and dry/windy and hot/humid summer, hay seems to last pretty well. It's a cheap way to store a few months worth of hay without having it in your horse barn.
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I live in the PNW too. My one BO stacks hay in the middle of her barn 8-10 bales high. The ground is asphalt with tarp over it and one layer of pallets. Water has come in under the side of the barn but hay was fine. The worst part is at the back of the barn where bales are up against the rolling doors. She does have plastic over the hay there but we still lose some to mold. Doesn't cover the rest of the hay but horses have never had a problem with it. Did lose one bale that was directly under nesting pigeons--poopy mess.

The other barn I board at has a raised wooden floor on one side that they store hay on and cover most of it with tarps. The cats and chickens like to sleep/nest there. :)
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