What's everyone's favorite slow feed hay bag?
Theres a few on here that like HayChix, so google and the website will come up. I bought some to use and I really dont care for them and my horses hate them, lol. You can find slow feeders everywhere for cheaper too.. I dont use mine I like the normal hay bags a whole lot better..
I have some of these for trailering:
I like that they have no hardware, so don't damage the trailer. I also have a couple that are similar but do have snaps. Which I use in the barn if I need to keep the boys in. (Like this last week with the crazy weather...)
And I have 2 Texs haynets for my mare that doesn't finish a roundbale. So I just put 1 of these out for her. 1 can hold a square bale easily and the other one holds about 3/4 of a square. They are similar to the chix nets but cheaper.
cranky B4 10am - 2021-02-20 6:06 PM
I have these same ones - love them, and they're very durable.
Funny story: Many years ago my friend won a slow feed hay bag. We didn't know such a thing existed. We watched her horse try to eat while talking about cheap prizes and how the riding club had probably gotten a discount for the hay bags because they were obviously made wrong. Then we found scissors and went to work enlarging the holes! It was a couple more years before we realized what we had done.
I have regular hay bags, I have cotton hay nets and slow feed hay nets... I like the slow feed bags for longer hauls so that's why I was looking, my husband has some like the ones above, with no hardware, they are pretty nice!
I have about 10 HayChix bags of various sizes and slownesses. They are durable. They have a handy clip on one end if you want to snap it onto something. They are relatively easy to load.
I got the weaver slow feed hay nets off amazon for about $11. I went cheap since I wasn't sure if it was what I was looking for. They have lasted going on 2 years, daily use. They hold a lot of hay. I hang them in the stall and only have to pull them down to refill them every few days. Also no damage to my trailer because they have no hardware.
I use slow feed bags on a daily basis and also for trailering. Haychix are very durable but I don't like the knots. I wanted something to help eliminate friction on the teeth and gums. I just started using Hay Burners. Excellent quality and knotless. I got the bale bag and 1/2 bale bags (perfect size for trailering). if you go with this brand get the rope upgrade, the one it sells with is too thin.
I also like the Deby originals for the trailer. they are made of nylon webbing and are extremely durable. They have a bale option but it looks like a huge PITA to get the bale in and then close it.
DirtDobber - 2021-02-22 7:55 AM
I did the same thing and have no regrets, I have had the same nets for years and they have held up great... Because I was like you... not sure what I wanted but also didn't want to spend 25 bucks to find out lol
I got a couple of really cheap ones off of horse.com for about $8 because I wasn't sure about them either. Tough-1 brand. So far, the horses are fine with them, the hay in them lasts a lot longer since it isn't immediately dumped on the ground, and the bags themselves are over a year old. They are awkward at first to load but you learn ways. I stand a square bale up on its end, gather the net up like a sock, then stretch the net over the end of the bale and pull the net down. Flip the bale to other end and tie the bag off. Then i cut the bale strings and they slide right out of the hay net.
If it's a half-bale net, same thing if I can. If not, I set the hay net on the ground and make a little nest, set the hay on top and just work the net up around it.
These things sure saved me a lot of work last week in the great freeze. I was able to have hay in the stalls 24/7 without having a bunch of hay wasted.
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