Feed storage in boarding barn:
Hello, all. My horse will be moving to a new barn on Saturday and I will be responsible for all feed except for hay. My mare is an extremely easy keeper and she doesn’t get much in the way of ‘specialized feed’. Right now, she has free choice hay and whatever grass she can scrounge up in the field. She also gets a handful of whole oats every day, as a way to entice her to come to me rather than playing tag. Within the next few weeks, I plan to introduce a ration balancer to her diet as well, just to ensure she’s not missing any nutrients.
My question to you is: How do you store your feed? I have space in the feed room, and was considering using Rubbermaid bins or smaller metal garbage cans. However, space is at a premium and I don’t want to take up TOO much space. The bins only need to hold 50lbs of feed at any given time. What do you use and how do you like it? Would you recommend a different storage container?
I bought a small metal trash can at the feed store. My BO uses the same ones, so they line the walls of the feed room.
Mouse-proof and easy to get into if a horse escapes and a grain bribe is needed. They aren't horse-proof though, so the door to the feed room is auto-closing.
I vote also for garbage bin. They take up less space and can hold more than a rubbermaid bin.
galvanized steel trash can with a lid and a bungee cord. Rodents will eat through the plastic, rubbermaid type.
Metal garbage can with bungy cord ontop.. For most feed, but beet pulp I store in a Rubbermaid as it doesn't have much smell in it for rats/mice (no molasses).
I found a plastic rectangular bin with a lid that locks on both ends. It doesn't take up as much space as a regular round can and holds 40kg of oats/pellets. No problem with rodents trying to get in.
When my horse was getting several different supplements, I put up a simply shelf that I could slide a basic plastic bin on each shelf. I like the clear ones that are easy to see what's inside. The ones from Costco just barely hold a 50lb bag of feed. Because you are going verticle, you use less space than small cans around the walls.
I have used almost everything to keep feed in, the heavy duty trash cans are nice but it sucks when your feed is low....I recommend these bins.
I am currently loving them and having no problems with mice or bugs, I got them to try originally because I keep getting more and more horse stuff and have less and less room for everything in my feed/tack room so this has helped me out a lot!
Suncast Stacking Recycling Bins, 2-Bin Value Pack - Walmart.com
I would also suggest the big plastic garbage bins. A lot of barns also use old deep freezers when they have a couple of horses with LOTS of feed!
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