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    Storing a full hay bale

    I plan to buy 50 lb bales from the local feed store. But how can i store the entire bale in one piece? Also I do not want hay all over my house. How can I store the hay ( preferably upright) in a way it will not spoil but that won't let hay get all over my house?

    I found hay storage bags ... would that be any good?

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    Re: Storing a full hay bale

    I store my hay in what was an outdoors toilet (but isn't any more as the toilet has been removed, drain filled in - basically its just a tiny shed). I put it on top of a wooden pallet so it isn't on the cement ground and has airflow around it. I have never bothered to cover it (but I know a lot of people do) and I have never had any issues with wildlife taking interest/residence in the bail (probably because it never lasts longer then 2 weeks). So I don't have to go outside every time I want hay I have a plain large wicker basket/bin I fill up for inside.

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    Re: Storing a full hay bale

    I transfer my 50 lbs into 4 or 5 yard waste bags, keeping the flakes as intact as possible. I store the bags on top of a large drafting table I have in my garage. I cover the bags with a cotton bed sheet to keep bugs out. I've been doing it this way for a few years and the hay always stays nice and green and fresh. I bring one bag in the house at a time and store the rest of it in the detached garage throughout all 4 seasons.

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    Re: Storing a full hay bale

    Well we don't have a ton of storage space it would need to be stored in the room with the piggies

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    Re: Storing a full hay bale

    You can even keep it in a large cardboard box and poke a lot of holes on all sides to allow for air circulation. 50 lbs is a lot of hay. The container doesn't matter as much as allowing for air to circulate around it to keep it fresh. I'd keep it out of the sun.

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    Re: Storing a full hay bale

    I also use yard waste bags. They are cheap, reusable (a few times) and recyclable. I store mine in the garage but I have brought them in the house on occasion. I think the biggest issue for you will be sorting the hay outside first. You will have way too much dust in the house if you don't.

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    Re: Storing a full hay bale

    I don't toss the bags if they get a tear in them. Once they're empty, I cut them open and line my cages with them. Brown bags are heavier and larger than newspaper so a liner made from yard waste bags makes it really easy when you clean your cage because you can easily lift out the bedding.

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    Re: Storing a full hay bale

    I found bags that can store a half bale. I can just split the bale outside and stack the bags near the cage

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    Re: Storing a full hay bale

    Just make sure that the bags have ventilated. I've seen vinyl storage bags that don't allow air circulation. The hay will get moldy in those.

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    Re: Storing a full hay bale

    They are. http://www.jefferspet.com/products/2...r-red?sku=RIHN

    I do wish they were a little more ventilated but its the best I have found.

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    Re: Storing a full hay bale

    I have a porch on the side of my house that's doesn't get rain and I store the bales on a pallet wrapped in a bed sheet. When I kept the box I got my Kms hay in(it was ok quality but very expensive compared to what I found locally) so I take that down as needed and fill at full as possible and take it back ustairs. Keeps the hay contained because when I spill some it's ouside and just gets blown away

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    Re: Storing a full hay bale

    Mine is in the garage in burlap sacks so they can breath.

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    Re: Storing a full hay bale

    I hated the look of the KMS cardboard box, but it worked since I didn't have anything else. I then tried a larger tote but that was useless since I needed something with funky dimensions and a lid. What I decided to try next was an outdoor deck bench/box that I lined with a sheet and my 45# hay bale fits nicely in there. The hay stays put, keeps dry and the lid is great

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    Re: Storing a full hay bale

    Just make sure the air can circulate. Even "dried" hay is not completely dry, and it will mold if it's kept in a sealed box.

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