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post #1 of 4 Old 12-21-2014, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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My barn gets snow it it! eep!

So my barn gets a bunch of snow blown in it all over my tack and hay :( so my dad and I put that foam that expands and seals the barn from snow, and I cockcocked all the small cracks.

But I'm still getting snow in the barn! So I have towels over all my tack, and giants, thick bags I enclose my hay baled in. But I still have almost an entire bale of hay spoiled, it takes me 10 minutes of sniffing and inspecting they hay tp get just one good flake. And at $14 a bale I am upset I'm going to have to toss pretty much an entire bale.

What can I do to keep the freaking snow and rain out? My dad is going tp foam a few more spot that could possibly be letting snow in.

And we're picking up a load of hay, and it won't all fit in these bags.
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So my barn gets a bunch of snow blown in it all over my tack and hay :( so my dad and I put that foam that expands and seals the barn from snow, and I cockcocked all the small cracks.

But I'm still getting snow in the barn! So I have towels over all my tack, and giants, thick bags I enclose my hay baled in. But I still have almost an entire bale of hay spoiled, it takes me 10 minutes of sniffing and inspecting they hay tp get just one good flake. And at $14 a bale I am upset I'm going to have to toss pretty much an entire bale.

What can I do to keep the freaking snow and rain out? My dad is going tp foam a few more spot that could possibly be letting snow in.

And we're picking up a load of hay, and it won't all fit in these bags.
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Cover the hay with tarps, secure them with bungee cords or tie down with hay string. Place some bricks or lumber over the tarps weight them down.

If you know where the snow is blowing in, again use tarps to cover the area, or put some plywood up to block the snow coming in.
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post #3 of 4 Old 12-21-2014, 02:39 PM
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Unless the hay is being completely covered in snow and then melting on the bales, I don't see how it would go moldy.

If your barn is so open that everything is getting ruined, how in the world do you cope when it rains?

Bring your tack inside, and tarp the hay.
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-21-2014, 11:28 PM
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Does the roof of your barn have a ridge vent? They will let rain and snow in if it's windy enough. Same with it being open under the eaves. Personally, I put up with some weather coming in because that means there's also good air flow.

A tarp over the hay is a good idea or after a snow set the bales of hay that have snow on them on their sides and brush the snow off. Leave on their sides and any snow melting will run off instead of soaking in. Of course that won't work if you have frequent snows.
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