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Old 04-05-2008, 04:10 PM  
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Weighing Hay

Does anyone weigh their hay? If so, what type of scale do you use,? Anyone know where I might purchase one like those used in grocery stores? I've checked Tractor Supply, but they had none.
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Old 04-05-2008, 04:12 PM  
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No but would like to know especially for these two minis I have now. I worry to death am I feeding too much, too little? I have TB's and they are my first ones.
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Old 04-05-2008, 04:18 PM  
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kingpin, I just returned from a clinic and the importance of weighing hay was stressed. I weigh our boys' hay, but we only have two so it's not a huge deal. I've been using a baby scale that was mine when I was an infant (100 years ago) , and would like to find an easier type.
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Your local feed store should know where to acquire one. There is also a company called FarmTek that carries stuff like that. I think its website is named just that FarmTek
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I just got a catalog from them: www.FarmTek.com I haven't looked to see if there are scales advertised. I go by how it feels in my arms (probably not the best way), but after a while you kinda get the feel.
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Old 04-05-2008, 06:30 PM  
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I use a scale for fish. The type fishermen use to weigh the fish at the pond or on the beach. It cost about $7 at Walmart. I've had mine for about 5 years. works great! I put the hay in a big bag and then weigh the bag.
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I have a scale I bought at an antique store. It's metal, has a big dial on the front, goes up to 30 lbs and I use it to weigh the flakes. I found out that my hay runs about 3 lbs a flake consistently +/- a few ounces. I paid $15 for it.
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Old 04-06-2008, 06:46 AM  
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Thank you all.
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:15 AM  
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A large hanging fish scale will work just as well. Just tie a hay string around the amount you want to way and then hang it on the hook at the bottom of the scale.

Any tractor supply or ag store should carry those.
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:19 AM  
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Ditto the fish scale. I have found a larger one that weighs 25 pounds. I have used it for everything from weighing puppies to kids(human) as well as all types of feed.
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