Does anyone feed round bales to their goats? I'm thinking of getting one but am not sure if it will be the same as feeding square.......I'm thinking if it's horse quality it should be ok right?
Thanks.......I know that's probably a stupid question but I've just never seen it anywhere. I wouldn't have a way of keeping it out of the elements but it seems more cost effective than squares!That's all I fed is round bales. As long as you can keep it dry its no different than your squares.
No, I hate round bales! If your hay provider knows how to cut, rake, and bale properly there is no difference in a round vs square bale except how it looks. The biggest problem with round bales is that it is much harder to gauge how much your feeding since you unroll it as opposed to just peeling off a flake or two. As far as "horse quality" goes, that has a nasty habit of varying from provider to provider. :laugh: Go and look at it. Look for the same things you would in a square bale. If you do that, you should be fine.Does anyone feed round bales to their goats? I'm thinking of getting one but am not sure if it will be the same as feeding square.......I'm thinking if it's horse quality it should be ok right?
Set it on a pallet or tires and put a tarp over it. I don't know this for a fact, but I'm thinking that if you set it on a pallet(s), you may not have to tarp it because the round shape would shed water better than a square bale.Thanks.......I know that's probably a stupid question but I've just never seen it anywhere. I wouldn't have a way of keeping it out of the elements but it seems more cost effective than squares!
Is this question for me ?Boy, I wouldn't want your hay bill or the job of cleaning out that pen! I do have one question, though......how are you planning to move the bale forward once they cannot reach it anymore?
Yes, the question was for you, and yes, you will have to clean the pen. By feeding in this manner you are going to end up with a whole lot of wasted hay that will just keep piling up. Goats can be very picky about what they eat, and you are playing into that. They will easily waste twice what they eat in the scenario you have outlined. Once you have reached more than a couple of inches of wasted hay it will hold moisture and heat and provide the perfect environment for flies to breed. Studies have proven that not moving round or square bale feeders on a very regular basis results in 25% more flies than if they had been moved. Do not think that the cold will kill them, either because it will not. I strongly recommend that you rethink how you are going to feed your goats.Is this question for me ?
If so I will spend more then $500 less then if I buy square bales... My pen is outside, I don't have to clean it?
I don't plan to move the bale forward I plan to move the panel back. I will either cut the end off, or bend it out flat against the fence.
Cattle panels are only $16, I have a bunch laying around anyways so I can bend one or cut it and it wont cost me anything.
That is awesome!!! I want one!I keep mine on pallets with a tarp over it. I keep it on its end so its easier to peel off layers to feed.
They have hay feeders you can put a whole round bale they are off the ground an the goats eat under it. Here is a link I found http://www.lazyjvranch.com/hay_rack.html an I have seen a lot of ppl put these in there barns or you can peel off so much at a time an keep it outside. You can get different sizes an shapes. A lot of ppl build there own also.