Free Food Grade buckets from Food Lion

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by Acre of Blessings, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    I have been wanting and trying to get some of these buckets for storage. I called on of the local markets and the lady said she had a few but no lids. She gave me 4--2 gal. buckets and 3--5 gal. buckets. She is going to get me some lids for them this week. When I got home I cleaned them and then I thought [​IMG] they really look plain so I'll.....................................................................decorated them.

    So they went from this................................

    [​IMG]


    To this.........................................................


    [​IMG]

    I labeled them with Tea, Sugar, Flour & Cocoa

    Will put larger items in the 5 gal. buckets.
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2008
  2. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,691
    22
    223
    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    Sweet idea [​IMG]
     
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    6,396
    10
    263
    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    That is really cute! My son and I decorated the tin garbage containers we got from menards. Perfect for a 50 lb bag of food [​IMG] Although it wasn't as cheap as yours was!
     
  4. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Thank You, my daughters bought me the Rooster and hen rub ons last year and I finally found a use for them. All 4 of the buckets are decorated differently.
     
  5. Possumpoint

    Possumpoint Chillin' With My Peeps

    265
    0
    119
    Oct 1, 2008
    I get the icing buckets from the bakery at our our local Piggly Wiggly free. We use them for everything around here. Never thought of using them to store dry goods for the pantry. Thanks for the idea.
     
  6. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Your welcome Possum ~~ These to came from the bakery/deli and they also held icing. I ran some water over the label and it came right off.

    I am gonna get more so I can use them for water buckets around the pasture area.

    Hey here's another idea. If you need a small feeder for a few chickens, WAH LAH! You can get a 2 gal bucket for one or for a bigger one use the 5 gal. size.
     
  7. Possumpoint

    Possumpoint Chillin' With My Peeps

    265
    0
    119
    Oct 1, 2008
    That's what we use them for, water buckets. Ya know though, you could make a small chicken feeder with one. I have an extra aluminum dog food pan and I could use it with the bucket to make a feeder. Will have to figure out what to use to raise the bucket a bit so the food will come out into the pan, but I'll brain storm and come up with something. I'll soon have some chicks that will outgrow the chick feeder, and was telling DH I needed another feeder for them. Wait, why not just cut some sections out of the bucket rim, so the food will come out? I'll try it and see how it works.

    Again, thanks for the idea's!
     
  8. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    6,966
    20
    283
    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    we use ours for water buckets and for nesting boxes. do a search on them and you will see photos.
    Decoration of bucket is so very attractive...good job.
     
  9. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,691
    22
    223
    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    Quote:That is exactly what we did with our buckets, works out great because i dont have to fill it but once a week and hardly any waste
     
  10. Possumpoint

    Possumpoint Chillin' With My Peeps

    265
    0
    119
    Oct 1, 2008
    Ozark hen, will do a search for the photo's of the nest boxes. Right now, we have plenty built in the coop, but we may need a few more in the future as our flock grows. We built the present ones out of scrap wood we happened to have, and this will be a great alternative. Thanks!

    Chickenaddict, Wonderful! I'll use one of the older ones we used for the goats as a portable water bucket back when we used to let them out to graze. I do have a hanging feeder I use for laying pellets for my hens, and it wasn't cheap. Neither was the hanging water thingy, so will gladly use what I have here to save money for the chick feeder, especially if it works. I especially like the idea of less waste too. Right now, I'm having to refill the small chick feeder 2 - 3 times a day. The little buggars can chow down, LOL, so thank you.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by