Quality farm buckets are a hot commodity in livestock operations. In fact they are worth every drop they hold. There are always uses to be found for buckets on farms. Buckets can be used to feed, water, carry, and store dry supplies. Not to mention, you may need an impromptu stepping stool. Run-of-the-mill buckets are cheap and affordable and have their use on a farm but they don’t have the longevity and durability of Fortiflex buckets. Our livestock operation relies strongly on these buckets.
We first started using Forti-flex Flat-Back buckets with our horses. The general use 5 gallon buckets were getting kicked around, cracked from getting stepped on, and the handles were breaking off of them. At the suggestion of another horse farmer we bought and used a couple of Forti-flex buckets. The larger opening and shallower pail made it easier for the horses to eat and drink from the pails. If a pail spent the night in the pen and was on the receiving end of kicks and stomps, it would emerge the next day in the same condition. We’ve even heard of farmers driving over them only to have them return to their original shape. These buckets are very durable.
Inside the sheep barn the tops of 5 gallon buckets would ice over. We’d gently tap the ice to break it up after a cold night of -25 Degrees Celsius only to have the plastic fracture from the impact. That lead to patch jobs with tape and headache after headache fixing pails. Buying Fortiflex buckets saved us the trouble of bucket repair and iced over tops. Even with our bitterly cold Winters in the month of January and February the buckets do not freeze over in our barn. Our barns are heated only with the sunlight of the day and the communal body heat of the animals and yet the water in the Fortiflex buckets, most likely due to the heavy grade plastic does not freeze over the way the water does in the 5 gallon pails. These buckets can stand the cold temperatures of our extended Winter season.
Our Fortiflex buckets have stood the test of time with our sheep. We carry feed to their feed pans in them, use them as waterers, and lug them around loaded with supplies. They truly are a multi-purpose bucket. One feature of the flat backed Fortiflex buckets that we really like is the shape of the handle. Pails that rest in bedding instead of hanging on a hook end up with bedding debris and fecal matter in the water, which is good for a toss out the old manure window.
Fortiflex pails have a bend in the handle that allow it to hang from a corner post, a wall, or a panel. This keeps the water above the bedding where ewes and rams can drink easily. There are several different hanging mounts available on the internet that go for a fair price. If you’re handy at welding, you can construct your own. Hanging at a higher height also keeps lambs from falling in the water when they are in the jugs with their mothers. These buckets are our go-to for watering buckets with our sheep and cattle. The galvanized handles feel secure in your hand when you are lugging them to thirsty animals.
Farm buckets are multi-purpose items that can be used by one and all. When empty, the Forti-flex buckets weigh approximately 2.8 lbs. Filled with water the buckets weigh just over 40 lbs. On the farm a capable young adolescent can handle that carrying weight for mom and dad. The durability of these buckets make them a Jack-of-all-trades for the working person. We always find a use for them on the farm and around the farm house.
Farm buckets are a key item for any farming venture. On our livestock operation we make use of 5 gallon pails for harvesting produce, old cat litter bins to store hardware like nails and fencing staples, and fortiflex buckets and products for the livestock part of our operation. In our line of work we look for quality and affordability when purchasing products, but always quality before affordability. Forti-flex flat-back buckets have the quality and affordability that you are looking for in a bucket and can be found at your local Feed store or online.