• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Show me your homemade roundbale feeders with roofs please

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Show me your homemade roundbale feeders with roofs please

    Hubby and I love the hayhuts but just can't afford one right now. Soo I was wondering if anyone has built their own roundbale feeder that has a roof on it and would be not only willing to share pictures but how they did it and what it cost. We use the Cinch nets which are great, but shoe season is upon us and they are not suppose to be used without feeders with shoes on, and there is no room for a feeder under the shelter. Cinch net bale yes. Bale in feeder No. So it will have to have a roof so that it doesn't get rained on.

  • #2
    My parents built these this past fall. They have been great, it is easy to put a round bale in with the tractor or roll one in by hand, and it has actually cut down on round bale bullying because the posts section the feeder off. My dad and fiance were able to build these themselves so it only cost the price of materials. Materials are in no way cheap, though!


    • Original Poster

      Originally posted by Reagan View Post
      My parents built these this past fall. They have been great, it is easy to put a round bale in with the tractor or roll one in by hand, and it has actually cut down on round bale bullying because the posts section the feeder off. My dad and fiance were able to build these themselves so it only cost the price of materials. Materials are in no way cheap, though!
      Is that set in the ground? That was one of the things we were thinking of was building a shelter over a feeder.

      Thanks for posting! And yes, materials are not cheap. Sadly


      • #4
        Yep, they are set about 3-4 feet into the ground and then just tamped in, but could be set in concrete if you REALLY wanted them to stay there . So far it has been working great. Even with all of the rain we have gotten the round bales have stayed dry


        • #5
          Mr. Trub built This hay feeder for our herd this fall. It has a round bale in a Cinch Chix small hole hay net in it.

          Here is it working in a snow storm.


          • Original Poster

            Originally posted by trubandloki View Post
            Mr. Trub built This hay feeder for our herd this fall. It has a round bale in a Cinch Chix small hole hay net in it.

            Here is it working in a snow storm.
            Is that technically portable? And your hubby doesn't happen to want to share how he built it and what it cost with my hubby does he? I actually think I saw that picture when I was googling for photos and ideas/directions


            • #7
              <--- that my little photo would come up on google.

              I can ask Mr. Trub how much it cost. I have no idea. He has access to sheet metal and a break so the roof was made not purchased.

              If you send me your email address I can send you photos of the building process. Guessing your hubby can figure it out from those.

              The feeder is not attached to the ground. It is 100% moveable. The spot where it sits is my (very small) riding area during the not winter months.
              It has gotten some pretty serious wind testing too. We stuck it in the windiest part of the property, with out a round bale in it, for a couple of weeks before it was moved into the horse's area. It stayed upright.


              • #8
                Originally posted by Reagan View Post
                My parents built these this past fall.
                We're planning to do something very similar this summer for the cows. I already have two spots picked out, and my dad has locust trees that'll make great posts for the corners. Given how well the cowies already snuggle up to their bale ring, they should be pretty happy. Hubby is also excited, since they ought to make nice deer stands.

                The horses have big, rubber-matted run-ins with bale feeders inside and have made it clear they don't intend to share.


                • #9
                  Your bales last long enough to need a roof?
                  Nearly all of what I post will be controversial to someone. Believe nothing you read on a chat room, research for yourself and LEARN.
                  Not in the 42% or the 96%


                  • Original Poster

                    Originally posted by 2bee View Post
                    Your bales last long enough to need a roof?
                    I don't like them to even get a light rain on them. Right now they are under the shelters. A bale lasts one horse a month. So it all depends on the amount of horses turned out. Right now we now have 4 going to be 5 out together so they will not last as long as before


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 2bee View Post
                      Your bales last long enough to need a roof?
                      Our weather has been so wet with temperatures swinging from well below freezing to into the 40s or 50s I just figure keeping it some what protected is better than letting it get ruined.

                      With three horses and the small hole hay net a round bale is lasting me 2 weeks this year. Last year same horses, same size bales, no feeder and no net lasted me barely a week. Much less waste this way.


                      • #12
                        Nah, I just thought it'd be fun to spend some extra money... Horse people have gobs, you know.

                        Seriously, though, it rains AND the ground is wet enough half the year that--even feeding 10 head--I have to be careful so the hay doesn't get funky and mildew. I'm supplementing quite a lot of pasture, so it's not like anything is stuffing its face full of hay 24/7 except a day or two here and there when the weather is completely rotten.