I looked out the sliding glass doors yesterday to see if any pretty birds were on the feeder or under it. Boy, was I surprised!! There were nine of these not very pretty birds eating food that had been thrown from the feeder by the much smaller (and prettier) birds! This local group of turkeys took their time wandering around the yard looking for things to eat, then wandered on down the road.
I know the turkeys are not something beautiful to look at but I must say they do have some very pretty feathers...not much meat but lot's of pretty feathers.
Do you need a bale of hay? Most of the hay you see here in Montana is in this rolled form of bales. Some farmers with small herds place one of these bales into a circular steel holder made just to fit a bale and let the cattle free feed out of them. I have seen many horse pastures with the same style of feeders in them too.
Bigger ranchers with large herds of cattle have a piece of equipment that picks up the bale by sticking a pipe or rod through the center of the bale and when they take it out into the field the machine unrolls it and and it's long enough that all the cattle can eat their fill. Quite an amazing sight to see.