feed containers?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kjk, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. kjk

    kjk Out Of The Brooder

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    what is the best type of containers to store feed and eventually scratch in? they would be outside in the elements probably. just outside of the run.

    thanks,
    kate
     
  2. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
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    I use 5 gallon buckets. I got them free from a friend who works at a local cheese factory. But some folks here say you could ask your local grocer if you could have a few. Usually they just throw them away. [​IMG]
     
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    We use 55 gallon steel drums that have metal lids. For the smaller amounts of feed, we use big galvenized garbage cans.
     
  4. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i use a small chest freezer that doesnt work anymore it holds 2, 50 pound bags of layer mash
     
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  6. kjk

    kjk Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:for the galvenized cans, nothing knocks the lids off? it doesn't attract wildlife?

    my dad thinks that i should bungee cord the lids to the cans to keep critters out. i think that might be a bit of overkill. [​IMG]
     
  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:for the galvenized cans, nothing knocks the lids off? it doesn't attract wildlife?

    my dad thinks that i should bungee cord the lids to the cans to keep critters out. i think that might be a bit of overkill. [​IMG]

    Bungee cords??? No way that would work for anything that can chew. You might as well use a plastic pet food or Rubbermaid container if they won't chew through the bungee cord.

    My parents keep their outdoor cat food in a metal trash can. They CHAIN the lid down with a spring on it to keep it TIGHT. Raccoons will do ANYTHING to get cat food. [​IMG]

    Just my .02 though
     
  8. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Ours have a metal handle on them that goes over the top to lock it. IDK where we got them as we have had them forever. I think at some old hardware store.
     
  9. kjk

    kjk Out Of The Brooder

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    so if they are going to be outside, whats the most important thing?

    that they are:
    *waterproof/airtight
    *locking lid
    *metal/vs plastic (will mice or critters chew through plastic)
     
  10. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:Airtight keeps moisture/mold out and nutrients in, so I would say it's #1

    I honestly don't know how badly raccoons and nimble-fingered predators mess with chicken food. I have only experienced cat food outdoors.

    Rats and mice *can* chew through plastic, but I've known people to keep things safe in Rubbermaid tubs so I guess it just depends on how desperate they are. And how much opportunity they have, for example if you have several cats or snakes keeping the population down.
     

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