Feed Storage?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by noitulover, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. noitulover

    noitulover Songster

    Apr 23, 2009
    Central Virginia
    Where or how do you all store your feed? We keep ours in a barn next to the coop in a big metal drum container, but I would like some new ideas...

    I was considering those Bergan Stack N Stor container systems, so that I could stack them and have several different ones for chicken feed, chick starter, scratch, calcium, grit, rabbit food, etc. The only problem is that the biggest one I've seen holds 65lbs. As we all know, standard chicken feed comes in 50lb bags and I go through a 50lb bag before a week is up. I try to have 100lbs of chicken feed on hand at any given time, but would love to be able to store more.

    So, how do you guys store your feed?
  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    I use stackable feed storage containers for my chicken feed. I don't know what brand they are. I got them at the local feed store. They do only keep about 50 lbs of feed at a time though. They work really well since I can stack them two high.
  3. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    We have multiple trashcans labeled with open feed in them, and the bags are stacked flat two piles wide 4 bags high on a large utility plastic shelving unit. We use the side poles to steady the bags in place. The shelves allowing stacking of different feeds. It is all in the hatching/brooder house.
  4. Love my Critters!

    Love my Critters! Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Carlsbad, NM
    I use the large Rubbermaid trash cans with lids and handles. I would guess them to maybe be 40-50 gallon? They will hold a lot of food! I also have one that I keep my shavings in. The lids snap down nice and tight too. I can drag the one with shavings in it into the coop when I'm changing nesting boxes.
  5. noitulover

    noitulover Songster

    Apr 23, 2009
    Central Virginia
    the big trash cans are a good idea! I may have to try those out!
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I have gone back to metal trash cans. They come in 10, 20, and 30 gallon sizes and the large will hold 2 50 lb. bags of feed, the medium holds 1 bag. I use the small for bags of cat and dog food, and bags of grit. I set them up on boards so they don't rest on dirt and they will last many years. They are easy to just dip into and fill feeders and keep out mice and bugs.
  7. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Quote:I was going to buy these, then a friend said that sometimes humidity gets into them. Have you had this problem?
  8. serenityNH

    serenityNH Songster

    Mar 7, 2011
    Raymond, NH
    I use the large rubber maid containers, they hold 100lbs of food. I store them under my dropping boards so they are convenient to get at. I like the way the metal trash cans look but I heard about the moisture issue too, plus I had the rubber maid containers already and free always wins out!
  9. crazeetxn

    crazeetxn In the Brooder

    Sep 20, 2010
    West Texas
    Quote:We use those too. One holds 100# of feed and the other hold 50# of scratch. I just keep them on the shelf. I use a scoop for the feed because I can bring the feed bucket over to it.
  10. Cadjien_De_Louisiane

    Cadjien_De_Louisiane SWLA Gamefowl Breeder

    Apr 18, 2011
    Welsh, LA
    I use tin trash cans. [​IMG]

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