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    Default Has anyone made a hay box with a nibble net sheet?

    These are the sheets I'm talking about: http://www.thinaircanvas.com/nibblen...heet-frame.htm

    I can't quite figure out how to secure them in a box so that they will move up and down with the hay level. They must need some type of frame? Obviously, a metal grate is heavy enough to do this, but I'm not crazy about the idea of teeth on metal. Thoughts? If someone has made this work, I'd love photos or a description!



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    I would think you attach it to a wood frame. The wood frame ads the weight you are looking for and the rigidity to prevent them from pushing the net out of the way.

    It looks to be attached to a wood frame in the link you provided.



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    That's a great idea! I was just looking at the one with wire and telling hubby he needs to make me one, and now I'll look into buying the Nibble Net sheet instead of the wire. I love my Nibble Net!
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    My husband built a box with a hay bag attached by double sided clips.
    Base is a grate so that water runs through. Unclip the top section, lay flakes
    on grate, clip hay bag section back on top.
    Cost less than $50 to build



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    ^^^^ do you have pictures?



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    Quote Originally Posted by dotneko View Post
    My husband built a box with a hay bag attached by double sided clips.
    Base is a grate so that water runs through. Unclip the top section, lay flakes
    on grate, clip hay bag section back on top.
    Cost less than $50 to build
    Ooh- that sounds right- would you be willing to share pictures



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    Quote Originally Posted by trubandloki View Post
    I would think you attach it to a wood frame. The wood frame ads the weight you are looking for and the rigidity to prevent them from pushing the net out of the way.

    It looks to be attached to a wood frame in the link you provided.
    I'm just trying to envision a frame that would slide up and down...clearly I'm no carpenter!



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    Wow. What a brilliant product. How wonderful that they've made that available for those of us who like to fiddle. I love that!
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    That's so cool, I can't believe I've never seen that before!! if I didn't have so darn many horses, I'd totally make and use something like that (or buy one if I wasn't feeling up to the task of making one!). I'm afraid with as destructive as my horses are that they'd destroy it pretty quickly, I'm sure they'd figure out a way!!

    I started using round bale hay nets for my horses - they make the hay last a lot longer, are incredibly tough and durable, too!!

    this is what I use:

    http://www.equinekingdom.com/miscell...e_hay_nets.htm



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    WOW I have not seen this before and have searched and searched. Thanks for the link!

    dotneko.... would love to see those pics
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    I will try to get them tomo. How do I put them on here? Can i email them to someone more clever than I?



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    http://www.grazingbox.com/ This he box I want my hubby to build.... I have already looked into the mesh screens!


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    Quote Originally Posted by HorseKrazy View Post
    http://www.grazingbox.com/ This he box I want my hubby to build.... I have already looked into the mesh screens!
    That's kind of what we're basing ours off of- but again, I'm just concerned with the metal grates. Some people say they pull the hay with their teeth so it's not an issue, but I'm just wondering if there is a better idea out there.



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    Sent the pictures to OTTBcooper - they are going to put them up for me.
    Thanks!



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    http://www.exim-dynamics.com/pvc_wiremesh.html

    I found these. Because the metal was my concern as well



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    Someone here had DH build a similar feeder, but it worked on springs. Sadly I cant figure out the concept. It's simple engineering I'm sure. Platform pushes up as weight gets less so hay stays at same level ?



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    I was the one who had a spring system build. I'm not much of a DIY person myself, but should be pretty easy for anyone who doesn't have two left hands like me.

    Basically it's an aluminium box where a small bale fits. At the bottom there is a plaque. The springs are between the bottom of the box and the plaque and push the plaque and hay up.

    I had mine made of aluminium because its more resistant, but I guess you could make one out of wood as well.

    I sold mine meanwhile because the place where I board now only has big bales and I'm not allowed to purchase my own hay.



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    Quote Originally Posted by dotneko View Post
    Sent the pictures to OTTBcooper - they are going to put them up for me.
    Thanks!
    Here are the pictures! Pretty cool!
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    [QUOTE=OTTBcooper;6810615]Here are the pictures! Pretty cool![/QUOT
    Very clever! Thanks for sharing!



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