Mom has had great success with her hay net. Us? Not so much.
We started on Sunday and all looked good. We started with a full bale, which should have lasted them 24 hours according to our regular feed schedule. We were feeding 1/2 a bale in the morning, and 1/2 a bale in the evening.
Since they were supposed to be eating from a "slow" feeder, I was confident that there would be a bit left over on Monday morning.
Ten hours after we put out the first bagged bale it was empty. And I do mean empty!
|It was so empty that I had to walk the pen to look for it.|
|I made Skeeter carry it to hay storage for me.|
I was wrong. At feeding time on Monday, we had to again walk the pen to find the empty net. We filled it for the THIRD time and anchored it to a cinder block so we could easily find it when the pigs emptied it. By this time, I was also cussing my mom for talking me into this cockamamie idea.
|Bale #3 - we're going to go broke at this rate.|
After work on Monday, the hay bag wasn't empty-empty, but it was close. Almost three bales in 36 hours. We put out another bale and thought, surely they have to be slowing down.
|Wait Dad! Don't take it, there's still some in there!|
Tuesday morning there was still most of the bale left. Success!
64 hours and almost four bales to get to their "full" point. In fact, when I looked out the window on Tuesday morning Copper was sprawled out on the ground looking like me after Thanksgiving dinner. If he had pants on, he would have unzipped them to find more room.
They grudgingly ate breakfast when we took it out to them, but their hearts weren't really in it.
Finally! We were getting somewhere.
Tuesday night (last night), we got home and the horses were starving. Like, pacing and pawing the fence (Skeeter!) starving. In went bale #5 (heavy sigh).
This morning, there was about half of bale #5 left. Instead of letting it run out, I just added another bale to it and sent up a quick prayer that they wouldn't kill it in one day.
I swore I'd give this hay bag thing a solid week, and I will, but damn it's getting expensive pretty quickly. If I get home from work tonight and that damn bag is empty I might lose it. (Which Mom would like, because I told her if this bag didn't work out, she could have it.)