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Jan 24

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I hope to be able to share both my webpage with my Facebook friends/followers and share my Facebook posts with my webpage followers. This is also an attempt to become more time effiecient so that I may be able to keep both current and up-to-date with the happenings on my homestead farm and bring you new information to help you on your homestead.

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I've had questions about my hay dolly so I've added a few more pictures. Trying to figure out how to work the dolly and do a video by myself. If I do... I'll post one. If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask.

Just set another bale today so it will be about a week before I need to set another one. It's also not easy to do a video and work the dolly by yourself but I'll see what I can do. The winch lowers and raises the spike so you lower the spike to where it is horizontal to the ground then spike the bale. The winch then raises it to the angle shown in the photo so you can drive down the road. Remove the string or wrap before setting the bale down. Set the bale down, pull forward, drop a hay ring around the bale and then raise the dolly back to the resting position. There is a pin in the 'resting post or brace off the neck' to lock the spike rack in place. This dolly has been a lifesaver.
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February 19th  ·  

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Small homesteads are not always blessed with a tractor. This does pose a problem when you have livestock and feed round bales of hay. My affordable solution to this problem was a hay dolly. There are many types out there but I have adapted mine to make it as easy and simple as possible to get the job done.

When I purchased the hay dolly, it had two lift arms which were a pain in the behind! You had to get it lined up just right or you ended up pushing the bale backwards, tipping it over or spinning it around which caused you to have to line up all over again.

I took it to the local welding shop and had them cut the arms off and install the ears for a three-point hitch. Then they bolted on a three-point bale spike I had purchased from an estate auction. The last alteration they did was to add a plate for a battery just in front of an electric winch. I purchased a marine battery I charge only once per winter which picks up and lowers the bales where I need them.

It takes very little effort to set out a round bale for the cows now and even with the modifications, I have less than $300 invested in it. There have also been times I needed to lift things and didn't have any help. I used the spike to pick up and move things otherwise I couldn't have lifted. (It also works well while fencing to pick up and move a roll of fence fabric.) This is just another way I practice Alternative Homesteading.
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February 3rd  ·  

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Thanks for the add. Not homesteading yet but hope to have a few acres this year. ... See MoreSee Less

February 18th  ·  

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Thanks for the add Lynda lacroix ... See MoreSee Less

February 13th  ·  

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