Storing feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by klf73, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    I have 25lbs of starter feed and only 12 chicks, would bagging and refrigerating extend freshness, I have another dozen chicks coming June 30 and just didn't want this feed getting stale. Help please?
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I buy enough feed to last about a month usually. I store it in metal garbage cans with lids inside my out building.

    The key is keeping it DRY so mold doesn't form. I think the refrigerator is overkill. I've stored my feed in the garbage cans for several weeks with no spoliage or mold/etc many a time.
  3. vickig

    vickig Songster

    May 26, 2008
    Quote:Me too [​IMG]

    Works well.
  4. karrie

    karrie In the Brooder

    May 28, 2008
    Those chicks will eat it all up in no time!
  5. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    Quote:Me too [​IMG]

    Works well.

    Me three ( I mean too!) [​IMG]
  6. cluckychick

    cluckychick Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    I went out and bought myself a big metal can w/lid to store my chicken feed in and I put the can in our barn. I then checked the mail and found I had received my Backyard Poultry magazine and set about reading it cover to cover. I read an article about poisonious plants and fungus that will make your chickens sick and/or cause death. It preceded to say not to store your feed in metal cans when the temp. is hot outside because the metal will sweat and cause mold to grow within the food. [​IMG] Sooo, will lining the trash can with double plastic trash bags do the trick and stop any possible molding from occuring?

    Please tell me your thoughts. My can is inside but it does get hot in there so am I putting my chicks at risk or am I putting to much in this article?

    Thank You
  7. morelcabin

    morelcabin Songster

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    I use the big rubbermaid containers for my opened feed, just so rodents don't get into it, the other unopened feed I keep in a rodent proof shed. Feed will keep pretty much indefinitely as long as it is dry. I have scxratch from last summer that I have been feeding since April of this year
  8. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    I store mine in the big rubbermaid bins as well. They have snap down with clips on the side to keep everything dry. You can also stack them if you have several. Another thing I do is label them(since I have several diff. types of food). [​IMG]
  9. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I use large rubbermaid garbage cans with snap lids. I have one for their feed and one for their bags scratch grains, grit, oyster shells ect. but I've never had a bag of feed last more than a month so far. Right now they are stored in the house right near the coop area because it's still damp and raining here. I just wish I had bought the cans with wheels [​IMG]
  10. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I really don't buy into that metal will sweat thing.

    MAYBE if you live over a swamp, or keep the cans in a cool wet basement...but [​IMG]

    I've kept animal feeds of all types in metal cans for years and years and have never one time had any issues with moisture in the feeds. The cans are stored in my metal outbuilding - no AC/heat and it can get HOT and HUMID here in the summer.

    I'd not go to the trouble of lining with plastic.

    I do completely empty the cans about every 2-3 times I fill them up to make sure that there's not 5 yr old feed accumulating in the bottome.

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