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post #1 of 19 Old 09-06-2014, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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How do you store open grain?

I got my horse in July and had a temporary setup for her grain storage but now I am looking for a permanent solution. My mom keeps hers in big steel garbage cans, but I think that's too bulky. I want to save space. Has anyone tried the stackable food/recycle bins? An 18 gallon one will hold a 50# bag of grain, but I'm worried about mice being able to flip the lid. Do you guys use something different?
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We use steel garbage cans. The critters will eventual chew through anything plastic.
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I was going to say where I keep my horse uses 55 or so (huge)gallon metal trashcans

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post #4 of 19 Old 09-06-2014, 03:48 PM
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We use the big rubber maid storage container with snap lids. They fit a 50# sack of grain perfectly, we mainly use the rubber maids for convience of scooping. We haven't had mice or anything get in or chew through the sides. We keep our feed sacks stacked on a pallet in our feed room.
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Given time and the lure of the feed because they can smell it anything other than steel/metal is a goner.
Those little sharp teeth will be munching away in no time...

I also have metal/steel garbage cans...mine hold 100 pounds of feed per can with room left over for the measuring scoop.
Easy enough to lift off a lid, scoop out then replace the lid that clicks on tight...keeps rodents and pests out along with dust & dirt and keeps freshness in I think a whole lot better.
Keeps my dogs from sampling the horses grain too...they love the taste.

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Metal trash cans. Plastic you are begging for whatever rodents are around to chew through. We've had plastic for non food items and they just chew it to chew. I think it keeps their teeth filed down.
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post #7 of 19 Old 09-06-2014, 06:12 PM
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I have a big steel construction toolbox that holds 500# If I dump it in loose.
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post #8 of 19 Old 09-06-2014, 06:21 PM
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i have metal trash cans and some very heavy duty plastic drums with lids. Plastic trash cans will be eaten through by the mice.
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post #9 of 19 Old 09-06-2014, 07:42 PM
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I kept my grain in 2 separate rubbermaid storage bins for over 3 years and no mice ever chewed through mine, and I know that we had mice in the barns because I've frequently found them in the hay

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post #10 of 19 Old 09-06-2014, 08:32 PM
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Metal trash cans here too for all my various feed types. 150 lbs fit in each can.
I've had mice chew through plastic bins and wood bins.

Another thought...if your bins are in an open area (non-closed feed room) raccoons can easily flip the lids up on plastic bins and have a field day.
Metal cans usually close rather snugly and I've had no problems even though raccoons are in the area
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