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barnelda

building a hay feeder

OK I have HAD IT with Fury wasting hay!!!He poops and pee's all through it and wastes at least half of what I put out EVERYDAY!I can't afford to buy one(FEEDER) right now so I want to build one out of odd and end lumber we have laying around.I don't want to use nails to hold it together but had a thought of using liquid nail.Thoughts on this would be great.I really don't see the horses licking at the liquid nail if/when Fury destroys it.He is hard on stuff LOL.Got to love LBE's!!
karmikacres

Take a gander at some of these.

http://paddockparadise.wetpaint.com/page/Slow+Feeders

Here is what I built.





Mike
jackspark

karmikacres wrote:
Take a gander at some of these.

http://paddockparadise.wetpaint.com/page/Slow+Feeders

 Mike, thanks so much for the link and the pics.  I've been thinking about spring "honey dos" for awhile.  I'm sure Rod will be thrilled and possibly want to meet you!!  Nancy
PasoBaby_CarolU

Jody, those small mesh hay nets are darn cheap...about $10.   I put heavy rubber floor mats under them to keep the chaff out of the dirt.  I don't think I have any waste at all.  Just shake the dirt off the mat before I hang the bag each feeding.

http://millerharness.com/Small+Mesh+Hay+Net/p/X4-27286/

This makes it real easy to weigh the hay too.
happycat

karmikacres

Sydney is very destructive.  They have window screen on the bottom, which I have been replacing with expanded steel mesh.  

Mike
barnelda

Mike,that's pretty much the idea I had in mind.Did you use nails to hold it together?

Carol,I may have to try that.My hay bag would get hung in the woods though and not the barn.Phil doesn't allow Fury in there yet

I will most likely go with one like Mike's.It just looks so easy to deal with since I get the big 4'x9' hay bails.

We use to use rope hay bags on the trails rides but they were hard to fill by yourself.I'm worried about using nails or screws.Oh decisions decisions.

Anyone like the liquid nail idea??
karmikacres

They are glued and nailed together.  Ours work perfectly for 3x3x8 big squares.


Mike
barnelda

Ok it's settled!One like Mike's is it.I already have all the lumber just need the wire mesh.Woo hoo I'm gonna save some $$$ on hay!

Thanks to my peoples
Foxtrotalot

Mike, what exactly is the really large mesh thing on the top of the hay?  Did you build that, too?
karmikacres

The mesh in the photos is concrete mesh.  I took two layers and staggered them to get the hole size smaller.  This mesh worked fair at best, and kept pulling out of the frame.  We are now using 4" gridwall.



I get the 48" x 48" chrome panels and trim them to fit inside the feeder.  There are chains and hooks at each corner to keep the grids in place.

Mike
Autumn

Carol, I oredered a slow feeder hay bag from millers but they are out of stock till later this month. Can't wait to get it as my mare is a pig.
Foxtrotalot

karmikacres wrote:
The mesh in the photos is concrete mesh.  I took two layers and staggered them to get the hole size smaller.  This mesh worked fair at best, and kept pulling out of the frame.  We are now using 4" gridwall.



I get the 48" x 48" chrome panels and trim them to fit inside the feeder.  There are chains and hooks at each corner to keep the grids in place.

Mike


Clever, clever!  Thanks.
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