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DIY Chicken Feed Supplement Canister Organization


Anyone who has been following our Facebook page or blog for awhile is familiar with the Breakfast of Champions layer feed mix that I concocted for our chickens to eat.  

It's basically a base of a good quality layer feed with some supplements mixed in.  

I mix it up 50 lbs. at a time and that involves scooping out portions of lots of different products, unscrewing tubs and opening bags, as well as storing the supplements so that rodents or insects won't get in. 

It was a bit haphazard to say the least - it was clear I needed a more organized method. 



Knowing my penchant for crafting and reupurposing, my husband had been bringing home large plastic Folgers coffee canisters from work when they were empty.  

Unable to throw them out, but having no use for them, I realized they were starting to pile up in our garage. 

So....perfect!  I knew what I would do with them!

First I washed them out carefully and then set them to dry in the sun on one of those car windshield screens that was destined for the landfill (see, I told you I can't throw anything away!)


While the canisters were drying, I took an inventory of our pastel spray paint inventory in the garage.

Excellent! A nice selection of colors at my disposal.

Next each canister got two coats of spray paint.


Then I left them to dry completely.


Fortunately, I found these great custom vinyl decals from Oliver Photo Graphics which saved me from having to hand letter or paint the names on each canister.  

However, since the paint would have peeled right off with the decal tape, I did leave the clear tape on each label, but I think if you sprayed the canisters with a few coats of clear polyurethane, you could peel the clear top tape off with no problem.




Of course the vinyl decals would work great on glass or metal, or even smooth wood.  

I am just happy that I now have my supplements all organized, it's a snap to pop the top off each canister, scoop off what I need and replace the lid. 

These canisters are rodent- and insect-proof and they also keep out moisture.  

They are so cheerful for spring and line up neatly in the tack room on shelves.



Here's my 'recipe' for a batch :

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPION LAYERS

1 50lb. Bag Layer Crumble  (cost varies between $12-25 depending on brand/location)
1 Large Canister Old-Fashioned Oats (approximate cost $3)
4 Cups Cracked Corn (approximate cost $5)
4 Cups Shelled Sunflower Seeds (approximate cost $2)
1/4 Bag Omega Ultra Egg (approximate cost $6.75)
1-1/2 Cups Brewers Yeast and Garlic Powder (approximate cost $3.50)
1-1/2 Cups Probiotic Powder (approximate cost $4.00)
1-1/2 Cups food-grade Diatomaceous Earth (approximate cost $2.50)

Total cost for one batch that lasts our flock of 30 chickens and ducks about one week: $40.

I also made canisters for grit and crushed eggshells, which I feed free-choice.

If you mix your own whole grain feed, you can also store the different grains in these canisters. 

And some more thoughts on mixing your own feed from scratch HERE.