Bulk feed storage bins are used for safe, dry feed storage. Bulk feed bins protect feed from the negative effects of weather. Ideally, they are made from corrugated sheets of galvanized steel as grain stored in plastic bins will rot. Bulk feed bins are typically used to supply poultry houses, pig houses, horse barns and dairy barns. They will increase productivity in a poultry or livestock operation through the increased ability to monitor the feed intake of each animal or group.
Bulk feed tanks are designed for the storage of material having a density of no more than 40 pounds per cubic foot. This style of bulk feed bin is designed for the storage of free-flowing material only. Soybean meal, meat scraps, and certain other materials are not considered to be free-flowing and should not be stored in these bins.
All farm bins must be periodically replaced as they can collapse or split during filling. Dents at the base that weaken the structure are caused by vehicles or owners that attempt to free up the grain flow by hitting the lower part of the bin with a heavy object. Dents can put strain on welded seams or joins. Common visual cues to structural deterioration that indicate your feed bin may need replacement include bowing panels, deformed legs or joints, and corroded bars or bolts.