Wednesday, June 5, 2013

::Frugal Fodder 22- We'll Make Hay While the Sun Shines ::

This is the Frugal Fodder Expansion Pack for a previous post...  how we use hay for bedding in the chicken coop.

If we had other live stock...we'd let them graze. Because, I guess that's what you do when you have other live stock?  They eat the grass so you don't have to mow, right?

Occasionally, cows from the field behind us get into our field...and they eat our grass. But, that hasn't happened in a whileand we don't have any of our own.  

So... we mow.

This is a bed liner. Back in the day, a truck came attached to this bed liner. We no longer have it.  But...we kept the liner anyway.

We use it around our place for all kinds of things.
We call it the sled. 

This is one busted cooler and a packer (also busted). We USE all these busted things.... 

Kind of gives you an image doesn't it? 

This is how we used them most recently... (along with a ball of twine). 

NOT SO square bale of hay.

Eight NOT SO SQUARE bales of hay.

Hauling Hay. 

I'm thinking the start up fees JUST TO PURCHASE a USED BALER...are just under $20,000 - $25,000. That's not including gas, maintenance, a tractor...cause I don't thing the lawn tractor would pull it.... So look at all the money we're saving!  


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The Boston Lady said...

Welcome to Sanford and Sons! I don't think of your place like that at all, but I love how you are saving all that money on the hay bales! The chickens don't care what they look like and they actually look pretty good! Ann

NanaDiana said...

WHAT A GREAT IDEA to use an old bed liner for a sled like that. I saw one on the roadside for free the other day and I wish I had gone back with the truck and picked it up. You are WAY too smart! xo Diana

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I'm full of admiration for your resourcefulness! Love your sled! Happy June!

Sunny Simple Life said...

You two are awesome. I love that you can use it for your bedding. I dump the grass clippings in the run but it doesn't amount to much other than a snack while green and when it dries it helps build back up the run.

My Repurposed Life said...

ohhh, so you use the tubs to hold the hay and bale it? brilliant! I know NOTHING about baling hay. hahahah

I had seen the truck bed in another post, that's brilliant in itself. great job guys!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love coming here lol! I say, it is a fabulous idea, I don't know if you have heard the expression "Jerry Rigger" people often say that's what I am and that's what your ingenious invention is...To be a Jerry Rigger is a compliment in my book!


Cindy said...

It looks like you know how to make use of items that would normally go into a land fill, and that is wonderful. There is obviously some usefulness left in those items.
And how smart of you to figure out how to bale hay without a baler! Wonderful!
Have a good weekend.
Hugs, Cindy

Diane said...

Glad I'm not in the market for a baler! Yowza! If your system works, what difference does it make? Do the chickens care if the bales are not precise rectangles? Doubt it!

camp and cottage living said...

That is one of my husbands favorite sayings.
I love the way you re-purpose stuff.
I think it's smart!

Unknown said...

I wondered how we'd do this without fancy equipment! Thanks so much for taking a load off my mind. We have yet to start growing hay for the animals but I really want to by next year. We shared this with our readers at