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    06-06-2010, 05:51 PM
  #1
Yearling
Where do you keep your feed?

Where do you keep your feed? Do you have a feed room, or maybe just lock it up in a tack room? Or...?

What do you keep it in? Plastic bins, metal bins or the bag it came in?
     
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    06-06-2010, 07:43 PM
  #2
Showing
The garage in steralites. NOT in the barn like we used to.....learned that lesson when the horses opened their stall doors (forgot to put the extra lock on) and my gelding ate a ton of supplements! We were so worried but he was okay, didn't even show any signs of sickness. But it was a heads-up that something worse could have happened. So now we keep it in the garage and carry the rations back daily. The hay, however, is kept in the loft
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    06-06-2010, 08:02 PM
  #3
Showing
I've always kept my feed in a feed room. Back in PA I used an old chest freezer but here in SC I bought one of those steel tool lockers that the construction guys use on the job. I got it at Home Depot ~9 years ago. It's pretty heavy (takes 2 guys to move it) and even if the horses got to it, there is no way they could get at the feed inside. Both containers were totally animal proof (rodents included). I also hang a scale above it so that I can weigh their feed.

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    06-06-2010, 08:45 PM
  #4
Trained
We have plastic garbage bins with clip on lids for all the different pellets we have. They are pretty good, water tight, etc - One of the lids got chewed my rodents in the old shed but we just duct taped it up and it hasn't happened again/

Our Speedi-Beet and copra is kept in one of dad's old toolboxes he had on the back of his ute, divided into two compartments. It works ok and fits a full two bags of each, but it isn't completely sealed so we get spiderwebs in there.

We have chaff in a 44 gallon drum that is great, but we don't really use the chaff anymore and don't have anywhere else to put it lol.

If we had the facilities I would have a dedicated feedroom with one wall of waist high-ish compartments for all the different feeds. We have about 5 different feeds at the moment.
     
    06-06-2010, 08:51 PM
  #5
Showing
I generally just feed hay and it stays stacked up in the back of the barn. We do have a bag of range cubes that we keep in the corner of the tack room though. No special bins or containers for us.
     
    06-07-2010, 12:03 AM
  #6
Banned
Most of the feed are in large metal trash cans. However, I put Ice's rice bran in a large plastic trash can, one of the other boarders food is in a red barrel with a screw on top, and another boarder keeps her alfalfa cubes in a garbage can with a snap on lid. We do have an open air feed room, theres no actual door that closes it off from the rest of the world, so if we leave bags of feed out for too long, bugs get in them.
     
    06-07-2010, 04:37 AM
  #7
Weanling
Ours just go in metal rubbish bins, and they live in the end stable along with the hay.

Never had a horse escape into the feed room but then Lottie has a tendency to undo the bolt on her stable, so I'm always extra cautious to make sure I do up every single bolt on the yard!
     
    06-07-2010, 08:07 AM
  #8
Yearling
We have a feed shed, and chaff is in 44 drums, we also have a large plastic drum, a smaller metal drum, and an old fridge that's layed down, theres two different types of feed in the freezer part and the fridge part lol. And our mineral mix is just in the bucket it comes in.
     
    06-07-2010, 08:53 AM
  #9
Green Broke
We have what was meant to be a tack area attached to the side of our "big" barn (lol, it's one stall). It's become the feed room. Hay is stacked in 2/3 of the room (approx 50 bales at a time) and then alfalfa cubes in a large lidded garbage can, beet pulp pellets and rice bran in smaller lidded buckets (actually "re-cycled" cat litter buckets). The hoof supplement is in the tub it came in.
     
    06-07-2010, 09:02 AM
  #10
Showing
I have 2 of those big, Rubbermaid containers with locking lids. Each tub holds 150 lbs. Of grain. The one tub holds enough pellets for my 2 Arabians for 2 weeks, and the other holds enough complete feed for my TB for 2 weeks. I go through 300 lbs. Of feed/pellets every two weeks.

It's in the main part of my barn, which is an old auto repair garage that I converted when I bought the place.

I can fit 100-150 square bales of hay in there too, and it stays dry.

The barn cats and snakes take care of keeping rodents and birds out of the grain.
     

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