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As our little homestead starts to grow with more animals, we were in desperate need of a way to store feed. We were using metal trash bins, which worked great. They could store a 50lb bag of feed and tops sealed pretty good to keep unwanted scavengers out. The only problem I found with this storage was it only held 1 bag at a time, and when I needed to add another bag, if there was any feed left, it would sit at the bottom. With this new DIY Livestock Feed Bin the oldest feed comes out the bottom and I can now add new feed to the top with no waste!
DIY Livestock Feed Bin! Gravity Fed Feed Bin!
My amazing husband and I were able to knock out this project in about an hour and it costs us less than $40! We debated just reusing the metal bins, but they were round and had a lip on the bottom, so there was really no good way to attach the valve. If we had reused those bins, it would have been under $20!
We had a lot of scrap wood leftover from our barn build, so we used that to build the stand. That did really help to keep the cost down but this stand is temporary anyway. Once we build a few more of the DIY feed bins, we plan on building on long stand to store them all on.
- Trash Can – $15.94
- RV Valve– $18.85
- Silicone – $3.97
- Gorilla Tape – Had on Hand
- Wood and Screws – Had on Hand
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I just bought my supplies and started building. I’m excited to fill them up. I did change it a little since wood prices are crazy. But there was smooth 2×2 boards at lowes I found right next to the light defusers. I also added the good stuff foam gap filler. Since the boards were a little too flimsy to hold that much feed. I’m also using silicone caulk to seamlessly seal the board and with the scraps from the board I’m putting pieces in the front corners to direct just a little more.
Do you still use your mini silo? Have you made changes to them?
We have actually built a few more and have been using them with zero issues. =)