storing feed to minimize critter nuisance

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by fiddlebanshee, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Frederick, MD
    So what do you all do to keep unwanted critters out of your feed? I don't have anything set up yet, my peeps will arrive 9/22 but I'm already thinking. We live on top of a mountain where there are bear, and I assume a multitude of mice, rats and other rodents who would love to be fed.

    The considerations I had are these, please tell me if I'm on the right track:
    1. the bear might be attracted by the feed rather than the chickens and s/he is strong. So maybe I should keep the food outside of the coop in a bearproof can, so that s/he is not tempted to break into the coop and wreak more havock than is necessary?
    2. we have bearproof trashcans that are basically very thick sturdy plastic. If the bear can't tear them open, would rodents be able to chew through this? Do I have two incompatible problems?

    If you live in black bear country what are your experiences?
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    I know that squirrels, if motivated, can indeed chew through plastic cans. Since they are basically a Rat with better PR, I'd expect a rat could too. I have to store mine in metal cans because of the squirrels. Sure am glad I dont' have to worry about bears, too!
  3. nwfl

    nwfl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2011
    Northwest Florida
    I have my feed inside metal trash cans in a leanto shed attached to my layer house. The door has house door and deadbolt lock. Bearproof cans are great. My worry would be the bear bashing my fencing structure apart. We have wild pigs/boar here too.
  4. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2011
    Crossville, Tennessee
    With bears, your best bet may be keeping a big watchdog near the food. That or a very, very sturdy shed with a sturdy door and no windows.
  5. RWD57

    RWD57 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2010
    I use an old refridgerator to store my feed in, it's waterproof and critter proof, old chest freezers work great too.
  6. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2010
    metal trash cans....
  7. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    Bolton, Mississippi
    old chest freezers work great too.

    Now There is an idea I like!

  8. Rustywreck

    Rustywreck Chillin' With My Peeps

    for lack of a better place I keep my chicken's feed in my wretched little house. Bears have tried to break in, as is evident by the paw prints on the windows and ripped screens.
    I tried keeping it in a metal trash can with the lid tied down, but they took the trash can. Tried using the front loader of my tractor to hold the lid and can in place, but I crushed the can (oops).
    My current solution is a storage cabinet attached to the back side of the coop. I haven't finished the project yet but I'm hopeful it will work. Bears have never tried to get into the coop, so I don't want to store it inside.
    I like the old freezer idea - very clever.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2011
  9. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    Quote:I like this idea! I'm sure there are old fridges or freezers (for free) that I can pick up someplace. [​IMG]

  10. tclegg

    tclegg Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2011
    Quote:x2--that is what we use---just make sure the "little human yunguns can't get to it"..Works very well..No bugs, pest, or water..

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