What Do You Do?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by annie3001, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    Ct.
    okay tonight as i made my way back to the coop and storage feeding area etc. i opened my container (i built it) theres a photo thats on my profile, anyways, in the bag of storage of wood chips,,,, i saw a mouse!! yuck!! gross!! creeps me out completley!!!
    now i have my feed stored in a large rubber maid container, which i quickly moved out of that space, and moved over to the back porch, guess ill have to put it all in something else.
    now since we dont have a barn,, or a farm (so to speak) i wondered what everyone else does with their hay,feed and wood chips? how do you store them?
    this weekend, i am going out to home depot and maybe the farm supply store i buy my stuff from and get something,,, before the mouse becomes an issue!!
    any feedback is most appricated!!!!


    oh and also,, i thought i had done a great job building this contraption to house all the stuff for my chickens! guess i should be happy i didnt build the coop! ha [​IMG]


    thanks!

    andrea:/
     
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  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Metal trash cans will keep rodents out better than anything else I've found

    Hay and bagged wood chips can be stored on pallets with tarps covering them
     
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  3. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    Texas
    I have an old non-working chest style deep freezer (all of the "guts" are ripped out of it) in the barn that I keep my feed in. It stays nice and dry and no rodents can get in.
     
  4. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    Ct.
    mmm i was thinking about the metal cans,, but home depot doesnt carry them anymore. atleast where my home depot is. i wonder if the plastics ones with a tight fitting lid will work? i have to do something... i know have to tear down my peice of (crap i guess excuse the language) that i built! ugh!!!
     
  5. ijon1

    ijon1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a old metal water trough that I put a plywood top on. It is hinged. I use it as a brooder in the spring and feed storage the rest of the year.
     
  6. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Quote:I use a deep freezer too, but II have drilled two holes in it for ventilation, or else the food goes moldy. to prevent rodents from getting in through the holes, I have glued metal window screen to it. Works well.
     
  7. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Because of the vast erray of bugs that we have here in Florida, many of which are big enough to pack you away, but I know, nobody has bigger mosquitoes than Minnesota, but ours are from Transylvania, we keep our food in the house. Hay is kept in my shop in sealed plastic garbage sacks to keep the snakes out.
     
  8. wildorchid053

    wildorchid053 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    syracuse area, ny
    we just bought two metal trash cans at the tractor supply store.. they were in the bird feed area....check your bird feed stores for them
     
  9. lalaland

    lalaland Overrun With Chickens

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    don't waste your money on the rubber maid or plastic stuff - they'll go right thru it.If you don't live near a feed store, try your local hardware stores for metal trash cans
     
  10. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    Ct.
    wow! so a rodent can eat thru a rubber maid container?
    i was thinking on getting a garbage can.. with a secure style lid. ill have to take some photos of what i end up getting.
    thanks for all your replies!!!
    im sure this is going to cost me a pretty penny [​IMG]

    also,, should i throw out the wood chips that had the lil mouse in it?
    i was thinking i should,, because of disease or something?
     

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