Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Another Easy Fix

One of my pet peeves when it comes to alpacas is when they waste good hay. I understand if they toss aside some of the bad stalky hay. I don't really want them eating that anyway, since it has next to no nutritional value. But when I pay premium for good hay, and they proceed to stick their head in the hay bucket and dump it all out on the ground, that annoys me.

We got these grates from another farm a few years back, but didn't use them. Actually I think we used them for a bit, but the alpacas would scrap their noses on them and it actually took fiber off their noses. J didn't want them to look that way so we put the grates away. After watching the old girls dump out bucket after bucket of premium hay, J decided the grates were a good idea after all. He put vet wrap around the grates so they aren't so harsh to take off the fiber from the alpacas' nose. These round grates are made out of metal, they are very heavy:

One of our hay bins that J made is a rectangle shape, so J built a rectangular grate for it:

The alpacas eat just fine around these grates:

And we have no more issues of them dumping out full bins of premium hay.

1 comment:

Debbie, Barnacre Alpacas said...

Vet wrap, what a great idea. I may have to try that as some of our girls usually end up with a bald patch by the end of winter.

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