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    Posted: 11 Sep 2019 at 7:47am
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For those with experience.........how did you......or how are you....doing it. I have my way of doing it and the stack is usually tight and solid. I was taught on edge......always on edge.....and each row of mine overlap.....like laying bricks.

Have seen several others do it in recent years......including some Amish lads......they put the bottom row on edge.....the rest they stack flat. I believe the thinking on stacking flat is it's easier to walk on as the height of the stack builds.

But as for the rest.....there seems to be as many ideas on stacking hay as there are folks willing to stack it.

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Depends....where are we stacking them and what kind of surface?
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The barn in question is a clear span pole barn with light gravel / dirt floor and 14' eave height. Have about 24 feet from back wall to the central alley door......and if you went the entire length, about 80 feet down the back wall.

To save the bottom layer, we are stacking on scrap/salvaged wood pallets......none of which are a consistent size.

To keep each run separate so it can be dug out on it's own, I try to go as high as I can....or in this case, you can go as high as 8 layers on edge, which gets you to the bottom of the trusses.

Problem seems to be getting the kids to stack it tight enough so they can walk on it so they can go as high as I'd like to.
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Except to keep string or wire off the dirt, if the hay is dry it makes know difference  Wink IMO. But I am so dry no worry of wet hay.


Using a 16x23 bale size they seem more stable flat than on edge but you bales are close to same ether way.
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Was taught bottom row on edge. Upper layers flat and staggered to tie it together and reduce shifting. One guy I worked for also insisted that the bale drop into its resting place tight and don't wiggle into place as this dulls the ends of the stems and won't hold as well. Just my 2cents
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When I stack on or near a dirt or concrete floor like you are, I do bottom layer on edge.  I don't do the remaining layers on edge, unless the hay is marginally damp (as in, maybe shouldn't have been baled!).  If marginally damp like that, the hay will breathe a bit better.  It is more difficult in my experience to get them tight in that orientation because of how you hold the strings, but it can be done with practice.  I don't know about "dulling the ends of the stems!" LOL!!! But, Dad always taught me tight to the bottom was more important than tight against each other for purposes of walking on them, and "wiggling" them together usually seems to loosen one spot as a price for tightening the other.  I have enough practice that I usually get everything tight in place with one placement.
 
On a wood floor hay loft, or wagon, I stack them all flat.


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Damp/wet hay all on edge. 2-3" between each bale, 4 layer high and 4-5" between each run.
On floor/dirt, with pallets, first layer on edge.
I stack all of my bales loose and have walk boards to lay on top if I go higher than I can reach. (6 bales high)
I will stagger a end, if it is not against a wall.
I start the bottom layer 2-3" out from the last run, then as I go up, lean that run back against the last run.
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we always stacked the first layer on edge and the rest flat. dad said it kept the mice and rats from chewing the strings on the bottom layer. guess it was true cuz we hardly ever had a chewed string problem. plus it was easier to grab a bale(s) off the stack to feed in the rack in front.
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