OK.. do any of you all feed like this?

Discussion in 'Ask The (wannabe) Vets & Farriers' started by AKPonygirl, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. AKPonygirl

    AKPonygirl New Member

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    "High quality & well fertilized. Proven reputation. Large square bales 3'x3'x8' weighing 800 lbs. Can be picked up at farm for $300 per ton or $120 per bale. Also available at K Bar D in Fairbanks (456-2668) with added cost for freight. We can deliver in truck load quantities. Ward Farms 895-5415"

    http://anchorage.craigslist.org/grd/1007698792.html

    Do those big bales have flakes? Would they be too big to deal with for just one or two horses?
     
  2. Imzadi

    Imzadi New Member

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    Main problem is having a way to move them around because of the weight. I have a skid loader, so for us it is easy. Very easy to store in the barn, it has tripled the amount of storage in comparison to round bales. I have stacked them 6/7 high. We feed them as flakes, 2x a day...just def more messy than small squares and heavier. This is my first year using them, the only change is that next year I think that I will buy a small quantity of small squares...for the convenience when trail riding/horse shows.
     

  3. Tbitt

    Tbitt Most beloved member of MW

    I have a girlfriend who uses them. she says they do flake out well - but with her's each flake is about the size of a regular small square bale.... :eek: :-[

    They pull off a "flake" or two, put it in the back of their gator and off they go!
     
  4. JZ

    JZ New Member

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    We fed them one winter-we paid someone to custom bale for us. The flakes we pulled off were the equivalent of 4 or so flakes from small square bales. We kept a bale outside, tarped, while we fed from it, then replaced it when it ran out. We have a tractor with a loader/hay forks, so we were able to move them around.

    They were fine, but the next year we bought a round baler, so we use those now.

    edited to add: many of the people I've know who make big squares will sometimes cut corners on hay quality. The big square balers are set up to spray a preservative on they hay, so it can be baled wetter than normal. Just make sure the quality is what you want it to be.
     
  5. MyTeDun

    MyTeDun Senior Member

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    We fed them for a few years----- picked up 4 on 1 flatbed trailer and unloaded into wheelbarrow as fed. We parked the trailer next to the barn and kept it covered with a tarp.

    One flake off of it was equiv to about 3-4 flakes from small bale. I enjoyed having them but the farmer raised his price so high we quit buying them.
     
  6. AppyGSP

    AppyGSP Senior Member

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    I've been using these lately and I have 4 horses....yes, they flake off nicely BUT I put the flakes in a wheelbarrow then pick up each flake (which equals about 2-3 small bale flakes) and they hoist it over the fence which is like picking up a small mattress and flinging it over so they are awkward, but it works. Or just put the entire thing in a round bale feeder.

    I pay $70 each from someone SE of Rockford, and they are the same size as listed above.
     
  7. AKPonygirl

    AKPonygirl New Member

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    thanks for all the input.. it doesn't sound like something I would benefit from.. looks like I will be sticking to small bales, some cubes and a few round bales...
     
  8. desederada

    desederada New Member

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    I liked them. We store them in the barn and just give them a thin slice. It is harder than round bales to unload off of the truck but we usually back up to the barn tie them to a post and drive away :laugh: Hubby tried to use my horse to pull them off but he wouldn't pull at all he's too well trained to give to pressure ;D I'm sure he could have done it though if he lured him with a bucket of grain.
     
  9. alljackedup

    alljackedup New Member

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    We are using them now and like them. They're not as easy to feed as sm squares, but my babies have hay now, so I'm not bitching. I do like feeding them better than round bales though.

    Tip on getting them out/off of trailers/truck beds......get a couple of garden timbers laid down before you load them on. When you get home, they'll roll right off. ;D
     
  10. paige

    paige New Member

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    We started using them a few years ago and are completely sold on them--great for storage, and if they are baled well, they flake off easy.
    I do not feed by flake but by weight--so when I crack a new bale, I weigh the first few flakes so I know what each one tends to run--every bale is different.

    I love them
     
  11. HFSH

    HFSH New Member

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    I use them! Love it. I pull off about 8 flakes and toss them in the back of my Ranger, drive it to the field, drive around dropping flakes. Each big flake generally equals about 3-5 regular flakes, generally, depending on how wide one of the big square flakes is.

    We pay about $45-65 per large bale up here.
     
  12. JenR

    JenR Formerly Underworld Queen

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    Have seen a barn that uses them. They are pretty nice for situations where you have stabled horses that aren't going anyplace -- if you travel with your horses you will need some small squares, pulling apart flakes and bales and whatnot seems awfully messy to me and a pain. They are a bit of a deal to move about, and they do need to be baled correctly, but I think some people find them much more economical.
    I'd use them if it was good hay, and I had a way of moving the buggers -- that would be great to throw out in a feeder in my lot.
     
  13. Brilliance

    Brilliance New Member

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    I get smaller bales made from big squares, ones that have been compressed down. Which makes them way easier to move avg bale weighs about 80#. The flakes are thicker/ticker than typical small bales. I love them and hate having to use regular small bales now. We do feed big squares in a round bale feeder outside.

    Warning note-----becareful of the endgate on the truck they are not meant to hold the weight of a big bale . . .which I TRIED to point out, but I apparently didnt know what I was talking about.