Feed molding in galvanized trash cans

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by theacw, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. theacw

    theacw Songster

    May 7, 2011
    I noticed today the feed had a smell and I dumped it in a trash bag to be safe and it was very moist/moldy on the bottom. I read around on here to see what you guys use as a container and it seems like everyone else uses the galvanized trash cans as well. Any advice?

    I would like to continue to use them so I dont have to spend more money. They have been stored just outside the coop so completely outdoors. If I keep them in a building and line it with a trash bag, would that do the trick? I dont know if a trashbag would make it better or worse...
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2013
  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Crowing

    Mar 7, 2011
    Finger Lakes, NY
    Hi there,
    Personally, I use a large plastic tote box. It is not completely air tight but seems to work better than galvanized for me. I had the same problem as you have. Plastic is not ideal for huge quantities of feed, but a 50lb. bag keeps nicely for several weeks. Sue
  3. AK Baha

    AK Baha Songster

    Jul 10, 2013
    Anchorage, Alaska.
    This is what I use also. Works great for me.
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    We store our food inside. We usually keep the closed bags on plastic pallets, the open ones in plastic garbage cans, but keeping the food in the bag, we don't dump it in. We also found that the metal cans seem to sweat too much when it is humid out and the temperature changes much, even if they are inside.
  5. nguyenkinhphuc2

    nguyenkinhphuc2 In the Brooder

    Nov 8, 2012
    I store feed in galvanized trash cans, and keep them off the ground ( using 2x4's on top of bricks) to prevent molding. Besides, I use some plastic sheets around handles to prevent water from getting inside trash cans.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2013
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Rodents will chew through plastic containers.
    I use galvanized and set them on a couple of boards so air can circulate underneath.
    Several of mine are over 10 years old and still in good condition
  7. lalaland

    lalaland Crowing

    Sep 26, 2008
    Pine County MN
    i've used galvinized cans for years - and everyone is right, it is important to keep them off the ground (concrete block or wood) , to cover the lid - sometimes they can leak by the lid handle - I just keep a tin bucket upended on them, and to be careful opening the lid after a rain so you don't accidentally drip water inside.

    since your moldy food was on the bottom, I would guess it is a bottom leak, which would be solved by keeping the cans off the ground.
  8. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Crowing

    Mar 6, 2008
    Northern California
    If galvanized cans are placed in an area where the sun beats down on them, it increases moisture in the can, creating an environment for mold/bacteria. Best to store cans inside a barn or garage on pallets. I prefer placing feed in cans while still in the bag. The cans stay cleaner for longer periods of time. I don't like to purchase more feed than I can use in a month, and buy feed from suppliers that have a rapid turn around.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2013
  9. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Songster

    May 18, 2012
    Northern Virginia
    My Coop
    I use a waterproof, airtight, food vault designed to store dog food. Once you figure out how to open and shut the blasted things, they're great. Haven't had a problem since going to them. We got ours at Southern States Feed Store but most pet places carry them. A 40 lb. bag of feed fills the large one to the top.

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  10. song of joy

    song of joy Crowing

    Apr 22, 2012
    Central Pennsylvania
    I also use the pet food vaults for several purposes: storing chicken feed, rabbit feed, scratch, and even flour and sugar. They are pricey, but have a water-tight and air-tight seal. For animal feed, I keep the containers outside on a covered porch and have never had any insects or moisture in the feed, nor have any wild critters attempted to get into the containers.

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