storing bags of laying crumble

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by coastalvicar, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. coastalvicar

    coastalvicar New Egg

    Aug 13, 2010
    HI....I am planning on buying a truck load of laying crumble, but I need a way to store that much food and keep rats/racoons out of the feed. Suggestions?

  2. lleighmay

    lleighmay Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    Woodlawn, VA
    Hi- I don't know how many birds you have or how big your "truckload" is but I buy my feed 150-200 lbs at a time (about 25 birds/lasts about a month) and store it in 2 large galvanized metal trash cans. This keeps out vermin and weather; I don't want to get larger quantities because I don't want any to go to waste if it should somehow get damp or otherwise damaged. I also don't want it to get "stale" so the birds have the freshest food possible.
  3. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    Glenn Dale, MD
    I mix in some DE in my storage containers. It helps keep it dry to keep out mold and it helps with worm prevention when the chickies eat it.
  4. Dead Rabbit

    Dead Rabbit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    i too use gal. trash cans. as mentioned they hold 150 lbs apiece. and thats all i buy at a time. ive been told in other climates, the gal. will sweat. and ruin feed. i havent ever had problems with that....but something to keep in mind depending on where you live and where you store your feed.

    yrs ago i used the plastic trashcans. a squirrel chewed the bejesus outa the lids and got into the feed. im sold on the metal. even though they arent weather proof like the plastic cans.
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    yeah, I was going to mention, it MUST be kept completely dry or it will spoil.

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