hi, as far as picking them up I use the same bale spears as for round bales. If I am only moving one or two, I built a set of slide on spears. they each fit over the bucket cutting edge and extend to the back inside edge of bucket. My bucket has factory drilled holes there which are for manure tines to be bolted to. Instead I bolted the spear bracket to them. There is one spear on left and one on right side of bucket, both the same type. The center spear is mounted the same way but the spear is elevated about 12" above the other two for stability. Works really slick. Will try to get pictures if you are interested. The loader attachment is much heavier with more spears. I built it so i could lift multiple bales .