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Pyrgirl

Slow feeder/no waste hay feeder update

Well, we are finally having some good success with our hay feeder.
I asked for some equipment ideas on an earlier thread and here are the results.  I took some angle iron and bolted it to the edges of the  feed trough.  Covered the metal with wood which they may or may not chew.  Also keeps them from touching frozen metal with their lips in the cold weather.  The metal/wood keeps the plexiglass sheet in very nicely and they can't get it out any more.  There is virtually no waste and it takes them a good while to consume the hay.  This design holds about 15-16 lbs. of hay which is about what we feed for 12 hours.  I'm pretty happy with this result after quite a bit of experimentation including how big to make the holes, what material to use for the cover sheet (plywood breaks easily and they can chew it), and how to keep the sheet in the trough.  I've been using it in very cold temps (down to 12 degrees last night) and total success.  Pictures below.





Edited to remove Slow Down from the title of this thread.  "SlowDown" feeder is trademarked and protected.  Please be careful in the future when referring to this type of feeder..thanks all
carefreegirl

That's so great, I am glad you found a solution.  

I plan to do something similar to this when I have my own property which won't be for oh about 10 years most likely.
Pedestal*Pony

Great invention!!  Just curious ... can they eat all the hay ... down to the bottom?  Or do you have some sort of platform that rises to keep pressure on the hay against the plexiglass?
Pyrgirl

carefreegirl wrote:
That's so great, I am glad you found a solution.  

I plan to do something similar to this when I have my own property which won't be for oh about 10 years most likely.


One word of caution based on our experience - don't use a metal grid instead of the plastic.  We built one like that and when it got cold, the horse's lips stuck to the frozen metal.  My big horse had horrible horrible sores on his lips after one night of cold temps.  It took a whole month to heal and he was in alot of pain.  It was bleeding and raw. I couldn't medicate it because he'd lick it off and he had to keep eating so it took a long time to heal.   I've never made such a bad mistake on my horse before.  Please learn from our mistake.
Pyrgirl

Jettaby3 wrote:
Great invention!!  Just curious ... can they eat all the hay ... down to the bottom?  Or do you have some sort of platform that rises to keep pressure on the hay against the plexiglass?


Yes, they can eat it all.  As they eat, they push the plastic sheet down down down.  Because of this, you have to use a trough that has straight walls - nothing with an angle.
ElaineC

Thats awesome, I'm thinking I might have to build one for the ponies.  They're so chunk in the winter!
loneplainsman

This is SUPER COOL.  I really really like it!

Excellent idea.

Good work!!!
cheerios

Pyrgirl wrote:
Jettaby3 wrote:
Great invention!!  Just curious ... can they eat all the hay ... down to the bottom?  Or do you have some sort of platform that rises to keep pressure on the hay against the plexiglass?


Yes, they can eat it all.  As they eat, they push the plastic sheet down down down.  Because of this, you have to use a trough that has straight walls - nothing with an angle.


Wow. That's unbelievably awesome.
Anne-Iceland

Now can you please invent one that holds a whole round bale of wet hay?
Pretty please.

It takes my 14 horses 2-3 days to eat one that weighs about half a ton... That's way too fast.

Unfortunately, if we don't feed them often enough, they break out, no matter what fencing we put up    And then they go straight to the wrapped round bales, biting as many holes as they can get away with (I am thinking revenge is the motive    )
I have tried wrapping the bales with fishnet, but it doesn't really slow them down, and if it does, they bite holes in that too.
whudson

Now that's pretty cool!!!
Clarissa

OK how do you get the topsheet back in after you fill the trough with hay?

I wish something so simple would work for my lot. Sonny would have a great time with all those holes. He'd open hi mouth wide, grab the plastic across a set of holes & just lift.!!   :smt120

Today he lifted a tractor tyre with his teeth. Anything he can get purchase on with his front teeth is dead meat. :smt077

Great enginuity though, that's for sure. As they say 'need is the mother of invention'.

hello1
Pyrgirl

Clarissa wrote:
OK how do you get the topsheet back in after you fill the trough with hay?

I wish something so simple would work for my lot. Sonny would have a great time with all those holes. He'd open hi mouth wide, grab the plastic across a set of holes & just lift.!!   :smt120

Today he lifted a tractor tyre with his teeth. Anything he can get purchase on with his front teeth is dead meat. :smt077

Great enginuity though, that's for sure. As they say 'need is the mother of invention'.

hello1


I unbolt one of the side edges to put the sheet back in after filling it.  Still working on making that easier.  Getting wing nuts today and also going to weld the screw to the angle iron so it can't drop in the mud and be lost.  Have to be able to do it with gloves on to satisfy me.  LOL

BTW, Sonny sounds like quite a charmer!
PasoBaby_CarolU

Where did you get the big sheet of plastic and how did you cut it?


(BTW - great job!!!)
Pyrgirl

PasoBaby_Carol wrote:
Where did you get the big sheet of plastic and how did you cut it?


(BTW - great job!!!)


It's plexiglass from Lowe's  2 x 4 feet  1/4 inch.  I thought about the 1/8 inch thickness, but it's too flexible.  

I cut it with a jig saw on the outside shape.  The holes were cut with a  4 inch circle saw that you use to make holes for handles on doors.
You also have to do a fair amount of sanding to get the edges smooth.  Use emory cloth medium to coarse and finish with fine.
clint

Great design I like this much better than wire grid-panel. I already have a low hay feeder so now Im off to Lowes for the 1/4" plexiglass, Thanks Clint
Sidekick

I have made a homemade slo-feeder that works awesome.
Different design and mesh.
Clueless how to copy images here.
If anyone explains, I'll be happy to pass along another option for folks![/img]
clint

Wish I could help but I dont know how to post pics
PasoBaby_CarolU

http://itsaboutthehorse.myfastforum.org/about6.html
sebocat

How 'bout a hitch pin clip.

That would maybe have a quick release, and if it is tight enough, the horses wont be able to grab at it.

Brilliant invention!
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