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A Simple Way to Keep Mice out of your Chicken Feed

Here's an easy trick to keep mice out of your chicken feed.

A simple way to keep your bags of chicken feed away from rodents is to either set the whole feed bag inside a large galvanized trashcan with a lid or pour your feed into a covered metal trashcan.

That way mice and rats can't chew through the bags you have in storage. 
But what about the feed that you dole out to your flock each day? But is there an easy way to keep any leftover feed safe from mice?

In my new book 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks, I share more than a hundred quick, easy and inexpensive tricks to help you raise your chickens in ways to save you time and money.

This is one of my absolute favorites. The following is excerpted from my book: "I caution against feeding or watering your chickens inside the coop. Feed will just attract mice and flies, and water spills and makes a wet mess. 

Instead, year-round, I feed my chickens outdoors. Using an enamelware roasting pan for feed out in the run allows you to simply place the cover on top at dusk when you lock up your coop, thereby keeping any leftover feed safe from mice and other rodents overnight." 

In the morning, you just remove the lid and stash it somewhere out of the way until that evening.

You can pick up vintage enamelware roasting pan sets at antique shops, ebay or even garage sales pretty inexpensively.

As an added bonus, the pan is deep enough that my chickens have trouble kicking or tossing the feed out. They don't crack in the winter like plastic or glass, and they don't rust like metal does.

It's a win-win all around!

If you enjoyed this quick tip, you'll love my new book 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and where ever books are sold.

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