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Cj Sloane
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How are people storing feed? I have 2 really good Rubbermaid containers which are great, seal well, but they aren't being made anymore. I have 2 of their new kind which do not close well at all. It'll keep rodents out, I guess, but not really air tight. They look like this:


So what are people using for long term storage?

I've filled up one of those Brutes with acorns and now I need some thing else. I wonder if I can make something or I should just use a garbage can that locks well? Thoughts?
 
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CJ,

I don't know about the 'feed' bin pictured, as I have never seen one. However, Rubbermaid is still making a line of plastic cans with good sealing lids of all sizes in their industrial line. I purchase occasionally at work for trash. Lids seal pretty well.

http://www.uline.com/Grp_220_brute/

Several companies carry them. Not an endorsement of the supplier listed.
 
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The old Rubbermaid ones were black like their water tanks and food grade, which I assume the trash cans are not. I may wind up with trash cans but was just wondering what my options were.
 
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55 gallon drums with clamp-on lids. Found on craigslist, used to have food ingredients in them. I think I paid $10 for them, but you can get cheaper if you are patient--I needed them ASAP.
 
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I'm assuming you have larger feed storage requirements than I do, but I use recycled food-grade 4-gallon pickle buckets that I got from a local diner guy that I know. I like them better than the 5-gallon buckets because they are square rather than round and store better on shelves. Since I'm only feeding one rabbit at the moment, I only have one bucket in use.

In the past, when we had more rabbits, I stored larger, sealed bags inside a metal trash can to avoid rodents (rats, mice, & squirrels) that chewed through the plastic buckets and raided the poor bunnies food supply. Don't know your situation with storage location and potential for vermin, but once they discovered my pellet stockpile the only solution to avoid their invasion was to relocate the bunnies permanently.

 
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Right now the mice only get into the feed bin if the lid's not on tight.

Also, I was wrong. The bins I have and really like are made by Tuff Stuff and I guess Tractor supply isn't selling them anymore.

They are crazy expensive on amazon. I think for $20 those blue plastic 55 gallon drums are the best deal.
 
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Update if I buy anything else I think it might be this 31 gal metal trash can with a lid for $25 from Tractor Supply:

Not often that metal is cheaper than plastic.
 
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I bought that same metal can for duck feed this year. It's sturdy, durable and the lid fits tightly. The one drawback is that the handle for the lid is riveted (I think) and that allows water to drip through and onto the food. I have been planning to patch it with a little silicone or something. It's a small gap but a gap nonetheless. Probably best to seal it from the inside too.

 
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I just took another look at it. There are slots cut in the top so that the handle can be inserted and then bent to prevent it coming loose. The gap is where the slots were cut too large for the handle tabs.

The riveted ones I mentioned before are on a different can that I store chicken feed in. I swear I have so many containers and not two are the same.

 
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I do keep my food bins under a shelter of sorts. but really I need more storage...more more more
see my thread here
 
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