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Tiny Black Bugs in New Chick Feed Bag

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I thought they were ants, but they aren't. Not sure what they are? Never had this problem before. I bought the bag yesterday at TSC (I've got new babies this morning). Went to put the feed in the chick feeder, went back to close up the bag and noticed all these little bugs. So I figured I needed to take the bag back and exchange it.  But then I thought, chickens eat bugs, duh. However, would it be ok for the babies (2 days old) to eat them? (pics below)

 

 

 

My backyard flock includes: 1 White Leghorn Hen, 1 White Leghorn Rooster, 2 EE Hens, 1 EE Rooster, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Australorps, 4 RIR Roosters, and 2 Silkie Roosters and 1 unsexed Silkie (1 black, 2 splash) 

   

 

Looking forward to 2 BCM males, 2 SCM females, and 3 Double-Laced Barnevelder females in late April!! Very Egg-Cited!

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My backyard flock includes: 1 White Leghorn Hen, 1 White Leghorn Rooster, 2 EE Hens, 1 EE Rooster, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Australorps, 4 RIR Roosters, and 2 Silkie Roosters and 1 unsexed Silkie (1 black, 2 splash) 

   

 

Looking forward to 2 BCM males, 2 SCM females, and 3 Double-Laced Barnevelder females in late April!! Very Egg-Cited!

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post #2 of 6

Weevils. Can be found among many different types of grains (including rice). Typically found in wheat and wheat products such as flour. Don't know if your chickens will choose to try and eat them or not. But if the bag of feed smell moldy or funky throw it out. Otherwise I think it will probably be fine. If you're worried about the chicks eating them then you may just want to get a new bag and let the older hens have the bag with the weevils.

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You win some and lose some. When at first you don't succeed: try... try... try... try and try again.

 

How to Provide Emergency and Supportive Care        

Maintaining a Healthy Flock

Chicken Injuries & Diseases

Poop Chart 

Emergency Helpful References & Links

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post #3 of 6

Check the date on the bag;  it sounds old to me.  Vitamins degrade over time, and your chicks need fresh feed.  Return it!  Mary

post #4 of 6

Return it.  Yes, chickens eat bugs, but those bugs eat feed, and bug infested feed is old feed.  Do you have an other supplier near you?  When I find feed outdated, or infested with bugs, or signs of the grain moths in a building, I take my business elsewhere.  Check the date on the bag.  It's probably old.  Not to mention, that if that feed is in your house, those little bugs will infest your kitchen.  I've had both issues with the moths and the little beetles, and they're a beast to erradicate.  

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #5 of 6
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I returned it.  It had a made date of 6/2/15 (not exp. date). I got another bag off the shelf just like it, we opened it in the store- same thing! So just went ahead and got a bag of the other chick feed brand that's not organic/non-gmo :(  

My backyard flock includes: 1 White Leghorn Hen, 1 White Leghorn Rooster, 2 EE Hens, 1 EE Rooster, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Australorps, 4 RIR Roosters, and 2 Silkie Roosters and 1 unsexed Silkie (1 black, 2 splash) 

   

 

Looking forward to 2 BCM males, 2 SCM females, and 3 Double-Laced Barnevelder females in late April!! Very Egg-Cited!

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My backyard flock includes: 1 White Leghorn Hen, 1 White Leghorn Rooster, 2 EE Hens, 1 EE Rooster, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Australorps, 4 RIR Roosters, and 2 Silkie Roosters and 1 unsexed Silkie (1 black, 2 splash) 

   

 

Looking forward to 2 BCM males, 2 SCM females, and 3 Double-Laced Barnevelder females in late April!! Very Egg-Cited!

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post #6 of 6

That feed was just too old, glad you got something fresher!  Mary

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