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feed storage

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sumayahrose, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. sumayahrose

    sumayahrose Hatching

    Jan 16, 2009
    warfordsburg, pa
    Hi everyone!

    in march i'll be upgrading my small flock to 200 laying hens. If i continue with bag feed they'll 28 fifty pound bags of feed for the month. I have little experience with bulk grain and no $ to buy a bulk grain storage system so i am wondering
    1. if i continue with bag feed, what would be a way to store the feed bags so that they are protected from rodents

    2. do you have any advice or experience with bulk feed and bulk feed storage you could pass on to me.

    thanks so much
  2. tackyrama

    tackyrama Songster

    Aug 14, 2008
    Central Minnesota USA
    welcome to BYC!
    55 gal barrells run 4-6$ used around here and are readily available.
    a salvage yard close by always has dozens on hand. You can get either plastic or steel. I would think 3 or 4 should be enough.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2009
  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Old deep freezers work good too.
  4. charlotteda

    charlotteda Songster 9 Years

    Dec 28, 2008
    Pickens SC
    For our horse and goat feed we used the silver galvanized trash cans so I would go for that or metal drums. The %@$% squirrels kept chewing into our plastic barrels... thats no fun !
  5. davidb

    davidb Songster

    Dec 15, 2008
    north east Georgia
    metal or plastic drums, the open lid type with the band around the top
  6. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    Some type of metal can or box. And you may want to be able to strap the lid down with bungie (or something) with the handles, because some types of rodents can open lids. Just depends on what you have in your area. And keeping spilled feed swept up in the storage area helps keep from attracting them to begin with.


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