Storing food

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Patoot, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. Patoot

    Patoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been storing the food in the house by the backdoor, but that looks ugly. [​IMG] So I got rubbermaid bins with lids and put them just outside the backdoor on the porch. Is that okay or will bugs get in it? I don't live in a real buggy area, but we do have them. No critters like mice can get in there, but I worry about crawly things.

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  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    That should be OK as long as it won't get wet. Squirrels can chew through rubbermaid.

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  3. Patoot

    Patoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No squirrels. I wish we did. I love squirrels! I know they can be a pest, but I'm from MA and we had them all over and I even raised some. [​IMG]

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  4. churchx3

    churchx3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use galvanized trash cans for all my storage. At one time I had a large rubbermaid can and it was chewed thru.
     
  5. snowflake

    snowflake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use galvanized trash cans also in my coop also had a rubber maid but was afraid the mice and squirrels would get in
     
  6. Patoot

    Patoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So no worries about bugs then? I was just concerned about bugs since squirrels aren't an issue. I have seen mice before, but not in years and I will keep an eye out for that.

    Thanks.

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  7. WildflowerJLH

    WildflowerJLH Chillin' With My Peeps

  8. mdibaugh

    mdibaugh Out Of The Brooder

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    I work for Walmart and I get the 5 gallon icing buckets from the bakery. They are available for customers as well. They charge a dollar at my store and come with a lid with rubber seal.
     
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If you are using your feed rapidly, then you shouldn't have a problem with bugs, IMO. I have some feed in my garage in those bins. But my main bags are in galvanized cans. The rubbermaid ones are just overflow for the "next bag". I mix my own feed and so use a lot of cans and bins.

    If you are taking months to use up your bags of feed, then you would need to watch for bugs and mold.
     
  10. snowflake

    snowflake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you pour it into the barrel make sure you empty it completely so the stuff in the bottom doesn't get stale or moldy. I like the 5 gal. pail idea didn't know you could get them at walmart. if you buy them at TSC they are 2.99 and another 1.99 for the lid. something like that any how.
     

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