[This isn't a chicken question, but I figured I'd get the reply faster here anyways]
NOTE: I am not an adult, so keep that in mind!
My friend is on vacation for a couple weeks, so I'm taking care of her hamster while she's away. Today I realized the the bag of hamster food she gave me is crawling with little tiny bugs! She doesn't exactly take the best care of her hamster, and the reason the feed is infested is because the bag was never sealed, or so I assume.
For now I just gave the hamster some chicken scratch, which contains corn, millet, and wheat. Millet and corn are found in the hamster food(it's a mix, not just a bunch of pellets). I figure that in the short term, it shouldn't do much harm.
As for the hamster food, I have it bagged(not airtight) and in the freezer right now. It's been in there for about two hours now, and I have to take it out soon because my parents are germophobes(especially when it comes to animals!) and would flip if they find buggy hamster feed in the same area as our food. However, I've read that it needs to be frozen for 48 hours to kill all the bug eggs.
I'm also going to be away next week(leaving tomorrow) and my parents will be taking care of both the hamster and my chickens, so I can't really do anything after today.
What else can I do? Microwave the food? Stick it in the oven? I'm not too sure if that would be safe, though. Help?
Edited by AccentOnHakes - 7/20/12 at 6:00pm