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Cleaning Feed Bins

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Pupsnpullets, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Songster

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    My chicken feed is getting little tiny black beetles all through it. Now I'm not too concerned as I figure it's just extra protein, but this morning I feed the last of the old feed and figure it's a good time to clean out the container. I'm using a galvanized trash can. I've hosed it out, but what else can I do that is non-toxic? I have access to some seriously hot sun which I'm sure, when the metal from the can conducts the heat, will cook any residual eggs, right? Will I need to do anything else?
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

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    Wash it well and there won't be any eggs in the container.

    The eggs will be in the next bag of feed you buy.

    Putting the bag of feed in a freezer for a couple of days will kill most insects and their eggs
     
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    I line mine with contractors garbage bag to keep the moisture from the bottom because I get mold in there. It has done me well!

    Well if you want cooked eggs in there, that would be a way to put it in there. If you are going to eat them, better collect and bring them in the house.
     
  4. Pupsnpullets

    Pupsnpullets Songster

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    Quote:Um...I meant the insect eggs [​IMG] Good idea for the plastic bag though.
     
  5. trishamonks

    trishamonks Chirping

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    hi i use a plastic thrash can with a lid and when mine is finished out i wash it with milton sterilising fluid the stuff you sterelise baby bottles with and just make sure its well rinsed [​IMG]
     
  6. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    I used to have plastic garbage bins until the rats and mice chewed a hole in it. So no deal there!
     
  7. Pupsnpullets

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    Ok, so I've lined the galvanised trash can with a plastic trash bag. I can change the bag after every emptying and therefore everything should stay fresh. Fingers crossed.
     

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