So I'm an idiot. We had been using some hay bales to surround the chicken coop to keep the water from freezing. It actually worked really well. But the weather report said nothing about rain last night...and it rained...alot. Everything is soaked. I have one dry bale and the feed stores are closed. Will it hurt the cows or goats?
Cows and goats are usually pretty good at picking through and getting "the good stuff". The "wet" shouldn't hurt them, if it isn't moldy.
The neighbor had some pretty bad moldy hay that had sat outside for a couple of years. He brought it over and tossed it into my brush pile. Another neighbor's cows got into it and ate all the good stuff, while spreading the bad in an area the size of Rhode Island....
We saw them out eating it in the middle of a downpour. It must have been good stuff.
I'd feed it BEFORE it got moldy.....
Last Edit: Jan 17, 2010 9:41:29 GMT -5 by scrounger
Well, the guy who usually delivers my hay said he could come out with a load this afternoon. He's awesome. Usually he needs at least a few days advance notice. But, now I'm wondering if we should go ahead and feed the wet stuff instead of wasting it?
If it only got wet last night, I would feed it quick. Stick your own nose in it and feel for any heat. If it smells off or feels hot, don't feed it. It would make EXCELLENT mulch should it be unacceptable to the animals. There's no waste on a farm...just expensive fertilizer sometimes. ;D -Jenn
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Post by Melissa (Nonesuch Farm) on Jan 17, 2010 16:05:15 GMT -5
We feed round rolls outside... it gets wet...it gets dry...it gets wet again...
The cows still eat it fine.
NEVER feed anything moldy and trust an animal to 'pick through it'... molds can contain toxins and can kill horses and cows and maybe even goats.
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Post by pipergrey93 on Jan 17, 2010 16:41:06 GMT -5
Eunice actually seems to like her hay better after a good rain.
Ditto on the moldy hay Melissa. Most animals will actually eat it if there is nothing else. If there is an option, they always seem to leave the moldy hay alone.
Also - it's the baled wet hay that is so susceptible to mold because it gets wet and can not dry out. Sandy
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I agree with the feed it quick. I've had round bales sit out in the rain all summer and the cows still eat on them. Granted, the way they're rolled, the rain sheds off them pretty well, but obviously it doesn't bother them much. But there's a difference between wet and moldy.
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