When I stopped leasing Wings I lost my source of cheap hay. But when I started helping out with Rowdy I talked to the volunteer coordinator about it and she didn't see why I couldn't buy a bale of hay from the ranch. So I did just that. I paid $25 for a bale of hay, carted away less than 25% of it, and donated the rest to horses that may need it. The volunteer coordinator felt bad that I had paid for the whole bale and barely used any. So she said she'd be happy to just get me hay here and there for free. The last year+ I have been doing this. When I run low I'll ask her and she'll stuff some in a bag for me.
I was very appreciative of this but I always felt as if I were rationing Mario's hay since I never knew how much she was going to give me. A couple of times I took away two flakes (about 20 lbs), a few times I got just a small plastic bags worth. Sometimes the hay was damp and I had to air it out. I also felt bad pestering the volunteer coordinator every couple of weeks even though I'm sure she didn't mind.
So I recently found a great source of hay and am really happy. A feed store in Half Moon Bay sells loose hay in big bags for just $4.95. You can't buy any unit smaller than a whole bale otherwise. We were able to stuff two bags worth into my plastic bin. The hay is loose and not tightly packed like it comes in bales but I'm estimating we were probably able to get about 30 lbs for $10. For that price I'm more than willing to pay for hay again just to have peace of mind of the amount of supply we'll have.
They don't do Timothy this way but Mario has been happily munching on his grass hay for a few weeks now.
|Lotso hay for SO cheap!|
|Our bounty -- we had to STUFF the hay in and the lid barely stayed on.|
|Hay bin and one bunny for scale|