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Donkey Smarts

The Klene Pipe Structure Hay Feeder proved to be no challenge for Teamdonk!  The Mammoth Donkey boys, one in particular, figured out how to get around eating between the metal slates.

Merlin, discovered that once a new bale is set all he has to do is push on it to roll it across the feeder.  He is tall enough that he can push between the slates and also over the top of the gravity sides and he has enough power to get the job done.  Once he has it rolled across the feeder the sides change position.  With the bale against the north side it stands straight up.  Meanwhile the other side lays flat enough the boys can reach in and pull hay out over the top of the south side.  Being the naughty donkeys they can be they can throw the outside of the bale on the ground and just munch on the yummy core.

We came up with a number of ways to fix this situation.  What worked great was to tie the top of the two gravity sides together with the twine from the new bale.  That held the hay in place and they could NOT drop a side down.  Rolling it is no longer an option for Merlin!

Like I always say … “Just gotta be smarter than the donk!”

Klene Feeder 3-21-14

Merlin at the feeder with the  panels tied together at the top on day two of the round bale.  Click on the photo to make it full size.


Klene Hay Feeder 2/8/2014

After six days clean dry hay remains in the Klene Pipe Structure H-8 feeder, the weather conditions are telling us to feed a new bale today as it is going to get nasty again soon. 

Klene Feeder 2-8-14

Jim is able to place a round bale from either the top or the bottom of the feeder.  With John Deere’s help the bale slides right into the feeder over top of the remaining hay.

The new bales slides right in

The only thing left to do is to take the bale strings off, close the gate and turn the Teamdonk gang loose.  Feeding is done for another week!

Klene Feeder 2-8-14

Klene Feeder, Day Four

First let’s go back in time and remember how it looked before the Klene Hay Feeder!  This was day two on a 750 pound round bale.  Look at the waste and the mess!  Even more important this feeder has become very dangerous, even for calm quiet donkeys that are careful not to hurt themselves. It had served it’s purpose and what we wanted was a better replacement.

Snow and Cold

With four mammoth donkeys working on all sides and one going over the top of the grills, there is still not much waste, even on day four.


This was a four foot round bale and for perspective this is one of our 56 inch mammoth donkeys, Okay Sir Galahad.  We have had periods of snow the past four days but the bale remains nice and dry!


The temperatures have been down to minus 18 at night with single digits during the day so the boys are eating to stay warm.  It’s not going to take them long to finish off this round bale, probably just another day.  Next week the Pacific Northwest forecast is calling for a warm up with rain and wind, again we expect the hay to stay mostly dry.  It is so nice to have it off the wet ground!, that is a huge bonus!

Klene Feeder 2-6-14

Thanks Klene Pipe Structures for a quality product that fits the needs of feeding livestock!  Check out the other great products at www.KlenePipe.com or just call for a brochure 1-800-876-9721 tell them Teamdonk in Idaho sent you!

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Klene Pipe Feeder

Our Klene Pipe Feeder, a H-8 for horses, arrived looking like this.  Delivered by a local trucking company, it came right out of the truck, with no damage and set exactly where Jim needed it.

1/22/14 The feeder arrives

This was a one man operation from start to finish.  Would have been great to have a second guy around to help.  But it is do-able!

It went together the first day in just a few hours, leaving Jim plenty of time to go skiing.

The second day was gathering materials and getting the big boards up for the roof, that in it’s self was a huge project for one guy.  This photo is after the second day.

Extra large roof for shade and protection from the elements.

Drilling, getting the bolts installed and starting on the roof was the next day’s project.  The final braces, a total of 11, the sheeting and finally the tin went on the fourth day.

A round bale was loaded on the front of the tractor, and the feeder was behind when it went to the pasture.  Once set it was easy to place the bale inside.  Jim located it on a little bit of a slope and right in front of a large picture window so even at night we can see who is at the feeder.

The fun began when the boys were turned loose, round and round the feeder they went.  Finally one of them bumped it and we had four mammoth donkeys in an all out panicked run.   They got as far as their pasture shelter and decided to walk back.

10x12 roof, gives them a good 3 1/2 feet overhang on each side

Marshall was the first to reach in and grab a mouthful of hay.  The other three started pulling it out of his mouth… worked for them!  Marshall started reaching into the hay, pulling out a chuck, dropping it to the ground to feed his buddies!  The other three were scoring the easy way!  They had it figured out within the first hour.

Klene Feeder 2-2-14

Overnight we received three inches of snow with winds strong enough to blow  it through the breezeway of the old barn. What was left of the old bale was still in the round bale feeder and it was packed with snow. The new bale, in the Klene feeder, was free of snow and the boys were happily munching away.

Klene Feeder 2-2-14

As the boys devour the hay the gravity controlled grills will follow the hay down to the wooden base.  What a great design.  The sides can also be brought back up to block them from over eating and let down when it is chow time.  Great concept, quality materials, we are thrilled with the last feeder we will ever have to invest in! The hay stays off the ground, and with the larger roof, I can see them using this as summer shade also. 

Check out the other great products at www.KlenePipe.com or just call for a brochure 1-800-876-9721

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