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Feed Storage Containers

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by anthonyjames, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Port Washington, WI
    So for everyone that raises their chickens far from a building what do you use for storing your food close to the birds. I now have 12 tractors with 63 birds in each tractor. Walking back and fourth with 5 gallon pails is getting really old. I need to find something that can hold at least a ton of feed as I would spilt the container and keep my hens feed that range around the tractor in these as well. Also, needs to be predator proof.

    Any recommendations?

  2. TimG

    TimG Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    They won't hold a ton, but food grade 55 gallon drums (steel or plastic) are pretty cheap.
  3. Southerngirl

    Southerngirl Songster

    Mar 25, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    We use large rubbermaid containers and I have used large trash cans too, so I do not have to haul 5 gallon buckets either.[​IMG] We place a container next to each tractor and it will hold 2-3 days worth of feed.
  4. scubaforlife

    scubaforlife Songster

    Jul 13, 2009
    I use a galvanized can with a lid near the tractor. When its empty its light and it will hold almost 100lbs of food.
  5. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    How about a little trailer for behind the lawn mower, 4 wheeler, or a tractor, assuming you have one of these. You could put your feed and a container for water on the trailer and pull it to where your birds are. May not be feasable, but an idea.
  6. Peruvian

    Peruvian Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    I like the trailer idea with 6-8 barrels with feed in them. Simple and inexpensive solution.
  7. Red Maple Farms

    Red Maple Farms Wish Granted

    Feb 25, 2010
    NE Wisconsin
    Quote:We use the blue plastic ones, and they hold 300 pounds of mash each..

  8. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Port Washington, WI
    Thanks for all the feed back. I like all of the ideas. I really like the tractor/trailer. But this pasture is 20 minutes from my home on some farm land that is owed by a single older lady. When her husband died 6 years ago they got rid of all of their beef cattle. So I am using their pasture that is close to the barn and it is about 1.5 acres. Then the rest of her property his a tree farm now. After yesterday when I got there I lost 3 birds. Instantly knew it was a coon. One head missing and severe gouges out of the other two. So know I have figure out how to get them because I am not quite ready to get my eletric netting over there yet. I still have 100 birds at my home that will be ready to process in 2 weeks. Then my netting will go up.

    I will definitely look into the metal trash cans to hold feed. Never thought about that.

  9. featherbaby

    featherbaby Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL 32210
    You better put a strap from handle to handle over the lid or the raccoons will open the top and get into the fresh feed. Someone I know used bungee cords to hold the lid down. The raccoons just pulled the lid up and got in there anyway. They are both clever and strong. I would suggest a wide webbing strap that has no stretch in it.
  10. Quote:Dude! You are raising 800 birds on an acre and a half? Is this a one shot deal or permanent site?

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