i'm helping care for a flock of 25 assorted full size chickens in my community garden. we had a feeder issue where their organic crumbles have accumulated on the ground (straw & dirt) plus the girls are messy eaters. there is probably approximately 1" of food in 3ft diameter on the ground.
the chickens eat some of the food off the ground and some from the feeder.
is it safe for them to only eat food that is on the ground for a couple of days ? more ?
i don't know how fresh the crumbles are how long they've been on the ground and and have been trampled on.
i'm concerned about food wastage, health/safety and attracting rodents.
how much food can you leave on the ground before it becomes a health hazard ?
thank you !