- Posted by pete
- On September 13, 2015
- 0 Comments
- chook food storage, hay storage
Storing the chooks food and their nesting hay is a problem. The chook’s seed food goes mouldy, sometimes sprouts and keeping mice and the local wild bird population out it is a real problem! The other thing is you need the hay & feed near the chooks yard to save traipsing all over the place to get chooks fed and their nest box clean.
Some of my earlier attempts ended up under siege every-time the chooks where out of their yard. Similarly storing nesting hay is a problem. It also goes mouldy if allowed to get wet, and of course mice love to make their own nests in it!
Wheelie bins make the ideal if not slightly expensive solution – I have seen them on special at $49 but normally the bigger ones are closer to $99. They are robust and UV stabilised so they don’t end up crumbling apart with various animals busily eating their way through all your feed. The smaller bin was from the Cheap Shop and is ideal for securing feed seed. Initially I put a brick on top of the bins, but over time I’ve found this unnecessary.
The big Wheelie bin’s wheels also enable me to conveniently manoeuvre the ‘hay stack’ around as required, while the smaller wheelie bin lost its wheels in a previous life, but as a non-wheelie bin it is very functional. The big bin comfortably takes a 50 litre compressed bail of hay and probably fits two.
Not having to deal with hay blowing around or getting wet under tarps, and the ability to confidently reach into the bin without worrying about what might jump out is well worth the expense.
Of course it goes without saying that being ‘much tidier’ goes down well with ‘Garden Management’.