Another Feed Question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ChooksinChoppers, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. ChooksinChoppers

    ChooksinChoppers Songster

    Mar 24, 2011
    Ocala, Florida.
    As we live in a high humidity area plus the heat (Florida) I was always advised to keep our dog food inside the house (where is it airconditioned) to stop it from moulding and spoiling. Would we need to do the same with our chicken feed? or would a metal trash can in the garage suffice?

  2. ralleia

    ralleia Songster

    Mar 22, 2011
    Omaha, NE
    Roughly how many chickens do you have, and how many bags of feed do you intend to purchase at a time?

    I ask because yes, you'll have to protect the feed from heat and humidity, but if it gets used up fast enough then it won't be a problem.

    It gets hot and humid in Nebraska in the summer (though nothing so bad as your conditions), and we stock fewer bags during the summer for this reason. They're stored in the shade in a plastic bin.
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Those large plastic totes are great. The lid snaps on securely, keeping moisture and rodents out. I really like them. The larger ones can easily hold 100 lbs, if you need one that large. They come in many sizes and are inexpensive. Big plastic trash cans also work, although digging down toward the bottom would not be as easy. Just be sure to totally empty the box before adding new feed.
  4. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Crowing

    Apr 19, 2009
    If you use a metal trashcan you'll need to line it to prevent condensation getting to the feed. A big trash bag is fine. Otherwise, use plastic. If you have a cool garage or the like, very dark, etc. you can probably keep it in there without issue.
  5. easteregger96

    easteregger96 In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2011
    Greene County
    I keep my feed in a big 50 gallon barrel that is made out of cardboard. I never have a mold or spoilage problem in the summer. It does get a little hard when you get towards the bottom of the barrel. I just make sure that I have all of the old feed out before I put any new in it. I don't know if rodents would chew through the cardboard though.

  6. fishin-nole

    fishin-nole Chirping

    Feb 17, 2011
    I'm in N.Fl. and keep mine on my carport in a plastic garbage can. It stays dry just fine.
  7. ChooksinChoppers

    ChooksinChoppers Songster

    Mar 24, 2011
    Ocala, Florida.
    Ok thats good then....I said metal trash can because I thought that was what everyone was using [​IMG] But yeah plastic works. I think my garage gets hotter than outside though as there is no ventilation! Right now it's a moot point as we only have 3 silkie babies......BUT have been discussing getting a "couple" [​IMG] of Buff Orphintons .....I love eggs! Daughter "Squishy) doesnt (unless they are in cake)
  8. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Crowing

    May 25, 2010
    NW Georgia
    Quote:rodents could easily chew threw the cardboard if they ever find your feed! we keep ours in a metal trash can, still in the bag. We leave it in the garden shed that's in the shady part of the yard. We get a lot of humidity here in NW GA, and i've never had a problem with the chicken feed or horse feed getting mouldy.[​IMG]

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