Today I received my full bale size slow feeder bag from NAG Bags, a Canadian company. I really like these bags because the webbing is soft and has no knots. The cord to tie it closed is thick, soft and strong and It seems very safe and easy for the donkeys to access hay and straw.
I have been using the mini size bags for 1 lb. servings of local hay but I thought I'd like to try the full bale size bag for barley straw. This way I know they will have something to eat all night long - great for long, dark winter nights.
At first, Dorrie commanded the whole bag, shifting her body around so that no one else could get near, but then Siog worked her way in and eventually, they all did. They ate for three solid hours and then I dragged the bag away - I'm a firm believer in making changes slowly, especially to diet.
I won't leave the bag out overnight tonight but I'll bring it out for them tomorrow again and see how they do. With the mini size bags, I've been using the ones with small 1" hole spacing. For this full bale bag I decided to go with the larger hole spacing of 1.5" since I'm using it for straw and not hay. I figure there will eventually be a limit to the amount of straw they will eat but after watching them today, I could be wrong!
Here they are: