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Featured flakes in a bale?

Discussion in 'Horse Health' started by megan_kat22, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. megan_kat22

    megan_kat22 Senior Member+

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    does anyone by chance know how many flakes are in a regular sized hay bale?
    thanks :]
     
  2. Chester

    Chester Senior Member

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    There is no rule. I have had bales with 6 huge flakes and others with a dozen tiny ones.
     
  3. Drafty1

    Drafty1 Senior Member+

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    The bales around here 120-140lb so they average 12-14 flakes.
     
  4. Xiphias

    Xiphias Senior Member+

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    Tuff question, depends on the type of hay, what cutting it was, so many veriables...Cathy
     
  5. JBandRio

    JBandRio Senior Member+

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    Round bale? Square bale? 40lb square bale, 100lb square bale? ;)

    # of flakes means diddly squat. Weigh the hay ;) Or weigh the flakes. Feed your horse based on weight. Get average lb/flake from your average bale and base your feeding of it off of that. 1% minimally of your horses (desired) body weight, 2% preferably unless excess calories is an issue.
     
  6. RowdyRio1324

    RowdyRio1324 Senior Member+

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    My 2 and 3 wires bales have 12-14 but since the 2 wire is so much smaller, they get about 4 large flakes, rather than 2 large flakes.
     
  7. freedom32

    freedom32 Senior Member

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    There are two flakes in each of my bales--oh wait, did you mean how many flakes of hay not how many flakey horses?? LOL:D

    The answer is, it depends, and as JBandRio said, you need to go by weight because hay does not flake off in set amounts.
     
  8. I LUV BESS

    I LUV BESS Senior Member+

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    over here... the small bales have 12-14 flakes...

    the huge bales have about 10, but they are massive (probs about 6 flakes of the small bales...)
     
  9. RickB.

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    Hmmmm, since it is demonstrable that there are more flakes in California, it would stand to reason that there would be more flakes/bale in hay from that state. :eek: :p How many, would depend on how tight the baler is wound. Oh wait. It is California after all, and seemingly, nothing is wound tight there. :)
     
  10. Morri

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    ROFLMAO :p Does that mean California peeps are flakier?
    My 110 pound bales have about 14 flakes/bale, but it all deoends on the baler. Rule of thumb here is 1 bale/horse/week. Works out to 14-15 pounds/day. Sometimes the flakes are too big and have to be split and others need more than 1 flake. Like mentioned....it's the weight not the number of flakes. :)
     

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