Storing chicken feed isn’t something that a lot of chicken owners put much thought into, but it matters more than you think. By not properly storing your feed, it can grow stale or moldy, and it can even be eaten by rodents or predators. In order for your chickens to be happy and healthy, they need clean, fresh feed to munch on.
It can be tempting to stock up on 6-months’ worth of feed. However, most of that feed will go bad if you let it sit around for longer than a few months. Buy only the amount of feed that you need for the next month or two months to reduce the risk of spoilage.
Don’t leave it in the bag
Most feed comes in a 50lbs. bag that you have to cart around in a wheelbarrow or wagon. While you can keep the feed in there for the first day, you want to transfer it into an air-tight storage container as soon as possible. This will keep your feed fresher for longer, but it will also protect it from vermin or other animals sniffing around your coop.
Keep it indoors
Once you find the right container for your feed, place that container inside a ventilated area (such as your garage or storage shed). This will further protect it from wildlife, while also reducing the risk of spoilage due to heat or humidity. Just make sure that you clean the area where you’re storing your feed frequently to prevent attracting any desperate animals.