Make sure to use a metal trash can with a bungee cord to keep the lid tight - chipmunks, red squirrels and rats will chew through a conventional (even heavy duty) plastic trash can. Trust me, know from experience <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Otherwise old freezers work GREAT for storing larger amounts of feed. Keeps it dry and keeps rodents out. If raccoons are an issue, you can always put a pad lock on the freezer as well.
Metal trash cans work great, but I've heard they can sweat and ruin the feed. I've never had that problem so maybe it depends on climate.<br><br>
Squirrels chewed through all of our plastic cans, too- and the duct tape repairs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
Steel or heavy plastic food grade barrels (they cost about $10) and work excelltent. We store large amount in them year round.<br>
When you put the feed away in them get some food/feed grade diotamatous earth and mix in the feed/or on top to keep the bugs out of it. (you can get this at any feed store by specail request.
ditto the metal... my mom has had various animals chew thru the rubbermaid. She only uses metal trash cans now.<br><br>
This from the one who has the bag currently just sitting in the barn.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
100 lbs is only two standard bags! That doesn't last very long at all. We've always dumped the feed bags in basic Target plastic bins w/ snap covers and we've *never* had a problem.<br><br>
If we had to sore larger amounts, we would use metal containers.