So I found some really nice hay today, its a combo of orchard grass, rye, and timothy, 2nd cut and nice and green still, but dry. I can feel the stems and such, and they are just the perfect texture. I feed hay to my rabbits . . . no alfy or other legumes. The bales were so nice and fresh, I had to get 2 just to make sure I had it, and at 6$ a bale, how could I not get extra . . . Then when I told the guy what it was for and about what I do, he seen my ad on CL, he offered me 2 more FREE bales!!! So, my problem is that I only feed the hay to my rabbits(rescues off CL) and theres is only 10 of them now. I have enough hay to last me a year or 2 for these rabbits. I dont have indoor storage for it, as the garage is out front and a very long ways away from the "barnyard". My plan is to get myself a clean pallet or 2 and store the hay up off the ground, and possibly, well almost certainly, cover it with a tarp to protect from the chickens and inevitable rain. Is that all I can do??? I figure its not wise to completelty wrap the hay in the tarp, but it should breathe and have access to air. I found a spot in my yard that usually stays fairly out of the rain and wind. I get requests to take in more rabbits almost every day, right now I am full and cant take any rabbits that dont come with everything. I ask everyone I see that has an old hutch or apropriate cage on CL to donate it, sometimes I get lucky. Some really nice people have helped me continue to be able to do this, and I have hooked up with a nice girl who has an affiliation to an official rabbit rescue, I have alwys been fortunate enought to find good homes for my bunnies with my friends or their wider circles of friends and so on. So anyways, how do I keep this hay for the next year or so and keep it as fresh and good as it is now so I can make the most use out of an excellent donation, Id hatefor it to get wasted in 6 months . . .