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Revisiting the feed storeRSS feed

Posted: Sunday 16 December, 2012

by Rosemary at 7:21pm in Smallholding No comments Add your own

Converting part of the West range into a feed store and tack room was one of the first jobs we did after we moved to Dalmore in May 2010.

The former cart shed had a new door and window installed to replace the old sliding door; the connecting door into the byre was replaced and locked off and the store was cleaned and repainted. The good old IKEA shelves were rebuilt and augmented with some new, additional ones and lots of hooks put up – you can never have too many hooks :-).

Feed store 2010Setting up the feed store in 2010.

Since then, it’s been pretty much left alone.

I thought I had the layout about right but we’ve had two problems of late that made me go back and look at it again. Bags of feed were stored on pallets against the outside walls but some bags became mouldy with damp and we were experiencing some mouse damage. Having spent some time watching the cat at work, I realised that the mice were pretty hard to catch under the pallets, because they could just run along the wall.

So today, I rearranged the shelving so that it is along the wall and put the feedbags on pallets in the middle of the floor. It looks much bigger without the shelves running down the middle of the store and Mr Mousie will find life a bit more challenging. In fact, Bertie was supervising my efforts and caught a mouse as I was working.

Since I had to move stuff anyway, I took the opportunity to have a bit of a clear out and a clean-up, so all the shelves are brushed down, the floor swept and there’s a pile of stuff to go to the skip tomorrow and a pile of stuff to go on eBay, in due course. It still needs a bit of tweaking, but I’m pretty pleased with the outcome.

Feed store 2012Rearranged feed store, 2012.

Oh, and Bertie’s getting a bed in there, so that he can rest between tackling the mouse problem.

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