Feed storage (50-100 lbs)

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sfchixn, May 16, 2010.

  1. sfchixn

    sfchixn In the Brooder

    May 30, 2009
    Hi all,

    What do you recommend for inexpensive, vermin-proof feed storage. I'd like to keep the 50- or 100-lbs of feed dry and vermin-free until finish!

    Feed will be kept outside near the coop in a shaded location. I have considered those 55-gallon screw top pickle barrels but is there a less expensive option?
  2. WA4-Hpoultrymom

    WA4-Hpoultrymom Never enough coops...

    Feb 5, 2009
    Monroe, WA
    My Coop
    We keep ours in large galvanized metal trash cans in the garage. It works well as long as the kids remember to close the lids. [​IMG]
  3. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member 8 Years

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    Ditto! Same as the above poster!! Never had a problem!! [​IMG]

  4. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Songster

    May 3, 2007
    North Central MS
    We keep ours in 55 gallon foodgrade barrels. We have some people over yonder that sell the barrels for $10, with lids. If you don't have so convient a source, check with anyone you know who works in any sort of food factory (cookies, dressing, anything) or the factories themselves.... An add in a free classified paper (or craigslist, freecycle) looking for plastic barrels could work as well...
  5. AccioSarah

    AccioSarah Songster

    Apr 21, 2010
    San Juan, Puerto Rico
    I have a large 30 gallon storage container that I use to keep all my chicken stuff. Grit, sunflower seeds, pine shavings, etc. I have another slightly smaller storage container that holds their 50lb pound bag of food. Haven't had a problem yet!
  6. Quote:Same here
  7. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    I use large rubber made trash containers - the type on wheels with a handle.
  8. robk0220

    robk0220 Chirping

    Mar 12, 2010
    Wapwallopen, PA.
  9. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Galvanized trash cans with tight fitting lids. Put them on blocks or boards so they are not in direct contact with the ground. It would be best if you could protect them from being directly rained on. Outside is OK. Rained on is asking for trouble.
  10. sotelomary

    sotelomary Songster

    We use a galvanized trash can with lid. I don't know what size it is but it just holds the 50lb. of feed. We have kept it outside, right next to the coop which is very convenient. It has been rained on but is somewhat shelter by sitting under a tree and having the coop and fence close by. I do have it raised on bricks so that it is not touching the gound. It's been out there almost a year and so far do not have any rust or damage to it.


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