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post #1 of 16
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What do you guys use to store your feed in??  I stupidly have just been trying to close up the bag tight in the garage, no container. Now we have weevels everywhere!!!!  I have some DE on the way to take care of the problem.  I am wondering what the best airtight container is.....I would love to keep the food out by the coop if I could find a racoon/weather proof container somewhere.

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post #2 of 16

I use 5 gallon plastic buckets with lids, they can be bought at lowes, home depot and alot of hardware stores for around $5

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post #3 of 16

I use the small 10 gallon galvanized trash cans.

post #4 of 16

I also use the galvonized trash cans but I have had to put bungee cords across the lids because the little red squirrels in our area are smart enough to take the lids off!  Darn little varmints!

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post #5 of 16
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I have seen the galvanized trash cans at the feed store but they are really expensive (I think around 30 bucks or so!). Did you find yours at a cheaper place. I looked at Meijer and they don't have them there.

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post #6 of 16

I got mike (Not Mike - mine ) at our local Tractor Supply CO.  It was rather expensive if I remember right but I have tried other ways to store feed and none have worked as well to keep out pests.  I even had a "heavy duty" plastic trsh can with lid.  Like the kirbys that our local trash company uses and some how something, and I never did figure out what it was, chewed a hole right threw the side of the container and ate a half a bag of feed in one night!


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                16 New Chicks, and 3 Wonderful Labs!!

My name is Candus, and I am addicted to chickens!!!
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post #7 of 16

I use the galvanized trash cans with lids too. I used to use the big rubbermaid ones and there was one year that I had squirrels chew right through them!!! I keep the horse feed and chickens feed in them. They may cost a little more but they last forever and are varment proof so worth the investment. I think I got mine at Lowe's or Home Depot.

post #8 of 16

I use galvanized too. They do last, unless a 1500lb horse steps on them, that puts a bit of a dent in them. LOL big_smile

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post #9 of 16

I too use the galvanized cans BUT.......I just got a new one and it was $11.
I put a 50# bag of sunflower chips in it easy. (just an example to the size)
So i guess you should look around and maybe you can find one cheaper.

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post #10 of 16

I will use cat litter buckets - right now we're still just using the bag - BUT we have plenty cat litter buckets - and those should do the trick!
(I store my DE in a cat litter bucket)

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