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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

So for everyone that raises their chickens far from a building what do you use for storing your food close to the birds.  I now have 12 tractors with 63 birds in each tractor.  Walking back and fourth with 5 gallon pails is getting really old.  I need to find something that can hold at least a ton of feed as I would spilt the container and keep my hens feed that range around the tractor in these as well.  Also, needs to be predator proof.

Any recommendations?

post #2 of 15

They won't hold a ton, but food grade 55 gallon drums (steel or plastic) are pretty cheap.

post #3 of 15

We use large rubbermaid containers and I have used large trash cans too, so I do not have to haul 5 gallon buckets either.smile We place a container next to each tractor and it will hold 2-3 days worth of feed.

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Wife of one DH, Mom to 3 kids,Silkies,Lt Brahmas, Blk/Wht Jersey Giants, Buttercups, Crevecoeurs, Ameracauna(Easter Eggers),Buff Polish, Barred Rock, Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orpingtons,Jap Bantams, Australorps, Dark Cornish,Leghorns,Black Cayuga ducks,Goats, PILGRIM geese,.How About Them Cowgirls ! ......George Strait
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post #4 of 15

I use a galvanized can with a lid near the tractor.  When its empty its light and it will hold almost 100lbs of food.

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Silkie, Bantams, Barred Rocks, Partridge Rock, Black Star, who knows what else, and then there are the meat birds....
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post #5 of 15

How about a little trailer for behind the lawn mower, 4 wheeler, or a tractor, assuming you have one of these.  You could put your feed and a container for water on the trailer and pull it to where your birds are.  May not be feasable, but an idea.

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post #6 of 15

I like the trailer idea with 6-8 barrels with feed in them.  Simple and inexpensive solution.

post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by TimG 

They won't hold a ton, but food grade 55 gallon drums (steel or plastic) are pretty cheap.


We use the blue plastic ones, and they hold 300 pounds of mash each..

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the feed back.  I like all of the ideas.  I really like the tractor/trailer.  But this pasture is 20 minutes from my home on some farm land that is owed by a single older lady.  When her husband died 6 years ago they got rid of all of their beef cattle. So I am using their pasture that is close to the barn and it is about 1.5 acres.  Then the rest of her property his a tree farm now.  After yesterday when I got there I lost 3 birds.  Instantly knew it was a coon.  One head missing and severe gouges out of the other two.  So know I have figure out how to get them because I am not quite ready to get my eletric netting over there yet.  I still have 100 birds at my home that will be ready to process in 2 weeks.  Then my netting will go up. 

I will definitely look into the metal trash cans to hold feed.  Never thought about that.

Thanks

post #9 of 15

You better put a strap from handle to handle over the lid or the raccoons will open the top and get into the fresh feed.  Someone I know used bungee cords to hold the lid down. The raccoons just pulled the lid up and got in there anyway.  They are both clever and strong. I would suggest a wide webbing strap that has no stretch in it.

May all your eggs be fertile,
   May your predators be few,
      May your hens be fat and happy,
         And your ribbons all be blue.
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May all your eggs be fertile,
   May your predators be few,
      May your hens be fat and happy,
         And your ribbons all be blue.
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post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by anthonyjames 

So for everyone that raises their chickens far from a building what do you use for storing your food close to the birds.  I now have 12 tractors with 63 birds in each tractor.  Walking back and fourth with 5 gallon pails is getting really old.  I need to find something that can hold at least a ton of feed as I would spilt the container and keep my hens feed that range around the tractor in these as well.  Also, needs to be predator proof.

Any recommendations?


Dude!  You are raising 800 birds on an acre and a half?  Is this a one shot deal or permanent site?

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