Why would straw be more expensive than hay?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by redhen, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Not by much, but still.. Straw was $9.75 a bale and hay was $7.25...
    I would think that since hay is mainly feed for animals, that it would be more expensive.. No? [​IMG]
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:$7.25 a bale???? [​IMG] Ours is $14. And yes, straw is MUCH cheaper.
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Thats what if figured, I just thought it was weird that straw was more expensive than hay...

    *you all know that little things amuse my little brain..* [​IMG]
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Wow!! Our straw, clean and yellow, is only $3 a bale. Even the "higher priced" places only get $4.50 a bale. Geeeeeesh. If there is shipping, trucking and handling involved, it raises the price I reckon.
  5. Sword

    Sword Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2010
    Around here, they charge tons for straw because people just get two or three as decorations for their yard, and so are willing to pay a higher price.
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    There's no hay available anywhere around here right now. Our neighbor/leasee told us he is down some 600 round bales now. They got only one cutting vs. the five or six they usually get.

    Tomorrow I will be traveling north where they got a bit more rain than we did this summer. If I can find a square bale of hay for under $20 I am going to buy it and be glad to get it. I don't want to resort to straw in my nestboxes, so I really need that hay. Dang cow busted into the pumphouse and ate what I had left of a bale.
  7. teeville5

    teeville5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2011
    [​IMG] Wow. I pay $2.50-3 depending on where I stop for either hay or straw.
  8. dainerra

    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2011
    I bought a bale of hay a couple weeks ago. $5, but it wasn't really good quality. I get mixed grass hay, but this looks like it was cut with a lawn mower or something. Just small scraps of grass packed together.

    straw here is $4.50
  9. punk-a-doodle

    punk-a-doodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2011
    Stray went up in price recently locally because people are buying a lot for Halloween decorating. Is it always that price for you, or is it a temporarily inflated price?
  10. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011

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