Hay! No, really, hay.

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Badhbh, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. Badhbh

    Badhbh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was considering getting one of the giant round bales this summer. Can you leave them outside? Will the goats just munch away? I thought that hay had to be inside, but I see pictures all over of the hay just sitting in the field?
     
  2. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    Unless you have like 100 goats - they won't eat it fast enough. A roll of hay should be eaten in about a week. Otherwise it'll rot. Also, the area the hay is placed is a breeding ground for botulism.
     
  3. Badhbh

    Badhbh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome! ok, so can I put a regular bale on a palette?
     
  4. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Most of the time the huge round bales are for cattle. The mold does not seem to bother them at all.
    For the horses and llama I just stack my hay bales on a platform 5" off the ground. It is stored in the corner of our barn with a tarp over it b/c the barn has some leaks in it.
     
  5. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You CAN but they'd waste most of it. Use metal hay feeders (wall mounted) instead...under some sort of cover. Goats HATE wet hay.
     
  6. Badhbh

    Badhbh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Booger. I was trying to come up with something besides that. :p Thanks though [​IMG]
     
  7. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With mine, any hay that hits the ground instantly becomes a soft place to lay down. I feed mine in a pasture with my horses several times a day. The horses clean up after the goats so I don't have as much waste.
     
  8. SheriM

    SheriM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The majority of my goats get nothing but the large round bales. I have about 35 goats in the main barnyard this winter and they are going through approx. one 800 - 900 lb bale a week. I have specially designed feeders made of square metal tubing. They are square and have two sides that slide in as the goats eat the bale. These work fairly well at minimizing the waste.

    It is a good idea to move the bales around and not feed in the same place all the time, but when the snow gets 2 feet deep, where I can put the bales does become a bit more limited.

    So, yes, the large round bales will work for goats, but it depends on what you, and they, are used to. It also takes a pretty skookum tractor to move the big bales.
     
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Yeah, if you just put it out there they will waste vast amounts of it. You can buy a roundbale and keep it in a shed or barn and unwind just what you need for the day, though, and put it in their regular hay feeder. If it is the price that appeals to you.

    Good luck,

    Pat
     
  10. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Peeling a round bale is easy and saves a ton of money when purchasing hay.

    A full bale will turn into a toy. They will also climb on it and use it as the public washroom. Then they will not eat it then and just dig deeper into the pile for what is fresh.
     

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