Is It Okay To Store Their Feed In The Run?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Laurajean, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Run is almost complete. I purchased large galvanized cans with lids to store the feed. My plan was to store the barrels of feed in my shed, next to the run. But a few people said that predators will chew/claw/dig into my shed to get to the grain. Even if the feed is secure in the barrels, I don't want anything wrecking my brand new shed.

    So I was wondering if there's any reason not to just put the barrels right in the run? The run is EXTREMELY predator resistant with 1/2 hardware cloth on all sides including the floor and ceiling, and has corrugated roofing over that. Would the run be an okay place to keep the barrels? I kept cracked corn in a barrel like that on my deck all winter (to feed wild birds) and it's still dry and fine.

    What do you guys think? Shed or Run & why?
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2010
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    I'd put it in the shed.
  3. Thomas423

    Thomas423 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Port Deposit, MD
    I would vote shed.
    I have a can of scratch outside of my run area in case a rocoon does show up. I figure he will go after the easy food and also, if something does get into the can of scratch, I'll know it's time to set up traps.
  4. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    I don't think anything will claw it's way into your shed to get at the would be more inclined to get into the hen house after the chickens....shed or the run if the chickens have a chance to roost on top of it they will poop on it. so I vote the shed also, unless they can't fly on top of it in the run.
  5. HarlansHollowFarms

    HarlansHollowFarms bana-bhuidseach anns gára

    Jan 16, 2009
    I keep mine in the shed...even though one black bear has been euthanized and another caught and relocated this year for breaking into coops!

  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
  7. TyrannosaurusChix

    TyrannosaurusChix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2010
    Savannah, NY
    i wouldnt put it in the run but thats my personal opinion.

    shed sounds fine, your container sounds fine.. does your lid snap on or can yo put a weight on it? right now im using rubbermaid bins and nothing has gotten into it--- but i havent "chickened" through a cold season here yet( i see you are in nh im in ny-- you know what rodents like to do in the winter!)
  8. crazy chook

    crazy chook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2010
    Langwarrin, Victoria
    Quote:OMG, a Bear!! I am so glad that we don't get those predators here in Aus.

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