Instructions and Tips
Hay Hutches are designed to be easy to use. Once you have used them a few times, you will soon find the best way for you. |
Please note: Hay-Hutches should only be presented to stock for feeding. Leaving empty Hay-Hutches in fields during periods when not being used can result in damage to the Hay-Hutch as well as presenting possible danger if used as a "toy".
There are four lugs which must be aligned with four matching recesses underneath the lid rim to remove the lid. There are notches on the lid and the body which, when aligned, mean that the lugs and the recesses are matched up for release.
Unless on restricted feed, it is best to fill the Hay-Hutch up with the fodder fairly compact. Do not stuff so tightly as to distort the body or foul the lid - this particularly applies to the Large.
Align the lugs and recesses. The lid is snug and may have to be popped over the recesses like a biscuit tin lid. Once over, place a foot on the base to steady it and rotate the lid a 1/8th turn.
Hay-Hutches are designed to prevent livestock opening them and so the lid can be a tight fit. It might need a little practice to get used to lining up the lugs but it will soon become an easy task.
The Lock Bolt
Very occasionally, persistent, "naughty” stock can work the lid off the Hay-Hutch. If this becomes a problem, an easy solution is to use the optional lock bolt (supplied).
Please note that your Hay-Hutch arrives with the lock bolt fitted.
The bolt attaches to a receiver (nut) embedded into the plastic of the Hay Hutch.
You will need to remove the lock bolt so that you can twist the lid to open the Hay-Hutch.
For most stock, you probably will not need the lock bolt. Keep it safe just in case.
If you find that your stock succeed in removing the lid, fit the lock bolt as follows:
Put lid on and rotate until the Lock Bolt hole lines up with the embossed arrow. Look down through the hole to ensure that the path for the Lock Bolt to the embedded nut is lined up.
We supply an easy-to-grip "spade" topped bolt as well as a conventional hexagon topped bolt. If you believe the spade topped bolt represents any risk to your stock, use the hexagonal bolt.
To optimise transport and deliver best value, multiple orders of Hay-Hutch units may be 'nested’. If so, a few minutes will be needed to assemble the Hay-Hutches before use.
The only tools you should need are a coin and your fingers.
Large and Mini Hay-Hutches are never nested.
Small and Medium Hay-Hutch Assembly
If you have ordered Small and Medium, you will need to be able to identify the matching tops and bases.
Medium top piece has the feed aperture spaced midway between the joining flange and the top. Medium base is taller and adds to overall height.
Small top piece has the feed aperture nearer the lid than the joining flange. Small base is shorter and forms the floor only adding an inch (2.5cm) or so to overall height.
Offer the base up to the appropriate top piece of the Hay-Hutch. Align the four holes. Insert the retaining bolts and tighten with twenty pence piece (not supplied!) and your fingers to prevent the nut rotating as you tighten.
Please note: The nuts and bolts should be observed and checked regularly to make sure that they have not become loose. Should bolts become loose and fall out, the stability and safety of the Hay-Hutch can be seriously affected.
Should bolts be lost, we are happy to send replacements and they are available at most DIY stores. Take one along as a pattern. In the unlikely event that bolts will not stay tight, let us know by e-mail us and we will send special self locking nuts.
Combining Haynets with Hay-Hutches |
This haynet has been secured by threading the draw strings through several holes drilled through the rim. It is also secured at the base.
If you need to get the haynet to maintain its shape and position a small block or paving stone should do it. This will add stability to your Hay-Hutch as well.
One of our customers who has Welsh Cobs adapted her Hay-Hutches by suspending a small hole haynet inside. This restricted feed rate.
If you think your horse may put its foot through one of the feed apertures, DO NOT use this technique unless the horse is NOT SHOD.