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where do you store your feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Billy-jean, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. Billy-jean

    Billy-jean Songster

    Jun 13, 2011
    I wanted to know where you all sttore your feed,,for your chickens/ducks ect? I have a separate shed that I keep the feed bins in,,but wondered if I can keep it in the coop building where the hens live? I just don't want to bring attention of any pests to the coop,so this is why I've kept the feed in a different place,but makes for a nuissance in feeding every morning! (going back and forth from the coop to the shed).
    I use DE in the stainless steel bins to prevent any bugs..would it be ok to keep in the same building as my coop? thanks in advance,

  2. allpeepedout

    allpeepedout Songster

    Mar 2, 2011
    Southern Indiana
    I keep my feed inside the coop in a metal trash can. The floor is concrete so that helps keep it dry. Biggest challenge is rigging up something to keep them from roosting on the can lid.
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Oddly enough I don't have rat problems living on a river side. Keep mine in a tote right next to the coop. The chipmunks do well gathering everything the chickens don't so don't find a need to chew up the plastic tote either. It's kinda fun watching the chipmunks making mad dashes into the run to gather feed, dodging the head blows and such. Even more fun when the chickens are free ranging.
  4. darin367

    darin367 Songster

    Dec 1, 2010
    Shelton, Wa.
    had to move mine into my shed next to the coop..... every critter in western washington decided it was a good place to hang out......
  5. Tivona

    Tivona Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    Metal garbage can undercover. Prevents rain or rodents from getting in.
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I have a plastic trash can with a lid in the coop with the feed, and one in the run with scratch. Right now I also have another one in the barn with chick starter, next to the brooder tub. I need to invest in some metal cans for longer term storage. Currently I go to the feed store every two weeks, but I'd like to have at least that much stored for emergencies.
  7. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Songster

    Jan 16, 2012
    Canada, Ottawa
    My Coop
    I keep my feed in a metal garbage can.

  8. Billy-jean

    Billy-jean Songster

    Jun 13, 2011
    Ok,,I have the steel garbage cans as well,,they're expensive to buy,but worth it since it does last forever and keeps the mice and rodents out.
    Thanks everyone! So I am off to move my tin cans to the coop :))
  9. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Also keep feed cool and dry. High heat in particular is hard on vitamins which can be a real problem with young rapidly growing birds.
  10. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I use metal trash cans elevated on pallets in the garage. Free pallets, and the trash cans from Home Depot.

    I have an insulated garage and no moisture problems with the feed.

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