Cleaning Horse Feed Buckets: When, How, and Why?
Q. I leave my horse’s grain and supplements in baggies for the barn to dump in his corner feeder at feeding time. But I recently realized that I don’t ever recall seeing the feeder being cleaned. Sure enough, his is pretty grimy. Is this something I should be concerned about? How often should feeders and buckets be cleaned?
A. Many corner feeders do not detach from the wall making them difficult to clean. This does not mean, however, that they don’t need to be cleaned though. Uncleaned buckets and feeders can become sources of mold. At a minimum, this might put your horse off his feed, but it could also have more significant negative consequences.
How frequently feeders and buckets require cleaning depends on several factors, including the type of feed it holds and the climate. Pellets that are fed dry or feeds such as plain oats are fairly clean and won’t leave much in the bottom of the feeder. However sweet feeds with higher molasses levels, or high fat feeds can be sticky, and the same is true if you add fat sources, such as oils, on the feed. These will leave feeders with more
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