storing feed for the winter

dgh

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Hello, I have made two gravity feeders out of 55 gal drums. Each holds 7- 50lb bags of extruded feed. I have a third I would like to use to store feed so that we dont have to lug it in for the winter. Does anyone have experience doing this? Will the feed "go bad"?? I have about 50 chickens, so this feed will be around for a long time.
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Chickerdoodle13

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If food is exposed to air, it will tend to get stale and runs the risk of going moldy. I would definitely keep any amount that cannot be consumed by your birds within 5-7 days or so in an air-tight storage container of some sort.

Not to mention the risk of vermin getting into the feed if it is in an open gravity feeder.

We use metal garbage cans lined by black heavy duty garbage bags. These work great.
 

dgh

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I have 3- 1" holes drilled into the bottom. the tops are not sealed , but I could swing that.
 

dgh

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I also have plenty of poison out this time of year and a bait station in the barn under the feeder
 

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