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How to store ONE bale of hay without a barn

Posted by modern_miss 10 (My Page) on
Thu, Jan 31, 13 at 14:11

I need to get creative about how to store one bale of hay (for rabbits) and keep it clean and dry over the winter. I do not have a barn or shed or any type of enclosure (or the money to buy one).
I know I can get a shipping pallet and I have room for it in the yard. Should I put the bale directly on the pallet or put a plastic tarp down on the pallet and then put the bale on the tarp? I just need to figure out how to prevent water from getting under the bale...Any and all ideas are appreciated!


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RE: How to store ONE bale of hay without a barn

  • Posted by sandyl Zone 6B -7 (My Page) on
    Thu, Jan 31, 13 at 16:46

Buy one of these http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?Prod_ID=RP091418


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RE: How to store ONE bale of hay without a barn

  • Posted by sandyl Zone 6B -7 (My Page) on
    Thu, Jan 31, 13 at 16:57

Mice will be your bigget problem just covering the bale up with a tarp. They will build nest and have babies in the hay with just a tarp on it.


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RE: How to store ONE bale of hay without a barn

We have the same problem. I have used a pallet, and then plywood, then bermuda, then tarp, with water bottles to tie down the edges. We don't get a lot of snow here, but mice are always a problem. We use the hay for bedding for our chickens. I have been trying to buy less than a bale from our feed store, but the shake is all spoken for. We will have to get a bale soon, and that is probably how it will be stored. We don't have a barn.


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RE: How to store ONE bale of hay without a barn

Treasurificgal,
Thanks for your suggestion. I think I will try that. But what's bermuda?


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RE: How to store ONE bale of hay without a barn

What size bale are you trying to store? 40 - 50 lb.? Buy a large garbage tote with a lid and put it in there.


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