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post #11 of 13 Old 08-12-2014, 12:17 PM
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Mine are over 800 lbs. Where they land when I pull them off the truck they land. Sometimes if I'm lucky I can move them a bit but I don't count on it. If the snow is deep I have to dump them in the front yard. Peel of what I need and move by sled like I did last winter. Gets interesting. But those bales are costing me under $40 so it's worth it. No tractor here. I often have to tie a rope to a bale and a tree and pull them off the truck that way.
Yeah, I guess I should have qualified that.
Mine are 800-900lbs, but all the top layer ones (like this time of year) are still really round and roll well.
If there is snow on the ground.....not so much.
Towards March of next year when my hay guy starts pulling the rounds that were on the bottom (and squished flat by the top ones) I have to use the tractor no matter what, or roll them down hill only.

And I agree, it's a real pain when you have to cut the strings and fork it off, but the money savings make up for it.
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So between 2-3 flakes depending how cold it is.... The bales I buy have huge flakes I've been only giving my haffie that's stalled at night 1 flake for the night.
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post #13 of 13 Old 08-12-2014, 05:20 PM
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Interesting!
Have Always increased feed during the Winter months but where did you get the numbers?

It's what I've seen from research done on how long it takes a horse to digest the fiber in the hay, it helps keep them warmer that way.
I forget where I first heard it but you can typically find the same or very similar research on any university website that has an AG department.
Some will say for every 10 degrees it drops below 40, but I've always heard the 10 below 30 rule and to add 2 pounds for each of those 10 degrees. But with easy keepers you could/ should likely drop that amount by 1/2 to 1 pound to make it 1.5 or even just 1 pound to avoid giving them too much. Unless you blanket, then you'd not have much of a need to add the extra hay as the blanket would do the job of the extra hay itself.

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