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Okay!  Do you think that it could last 2 months in the summer?  It would be amazing only to have to make the trip 6 times a year.


In my garage it would last 2 months, as I have an insulated garage and keep the feed off the floor on a pallet inside a metal garbage can. Personally I would not keep the feed for 2 months in a hot shed where temps get up to 90s or 100s for that long (if that is your setup). Some sheds get very hot and some don't LOL.


Vitamin deficiencies in chickens are not pretty and the high heat would degrade the feed too much for my liking. But use your judgement  and what works for me might not work for you so to speak.


It gets about as hot in my shed as it does in my house - Hot.  We don't have AC, just so you get the temperature straight ;)  I could put it in our storage room during the summer - it's the coolest place in the house. 


Sometimes bugs hatch out in feed...you'd not want them to hatch out inside your home. Just FYI.

Hmmmm... Good point.  Even if the bag is sealed?  Once I open it it would be in my shed.  *shivers*

“People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely because chickens run about so absurdly that it's impossible to count them accurately.” - Oscar Wilde
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“People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely because chickens run about so absurdly that it's impossible to count them accurately.” - Oscar Wilde
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post #12 of 16

my mom kept feed for wild birds in her the trunk of her car and mice that were attracted to the feed ended up eating the wiring. All kinds of storage problems !!

Favorite Books: More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell, Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis, Cries of the Heart by Ravi Zacharias, I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek

 

Frank Turek https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoqzcDrILJ0

Brigitte Gabriel: Radical Islam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFO1AtjoUoo&app=desktop

 

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Favorite Books: More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell, Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis, Cries of the Heart by Ravi Zacharias, I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek

 

Frank Turek https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoqzcDrILJ0

Brigitte Gabriel: Radical Islam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFO1AtjoUoo&app=desktop

 

flock: Black Australorp, guineas,...

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Saying that chicken feed is only good for 60  to 90 days is fine, but what do you base that opinion on. Where does that information come from? As noted by other contributors grains are harvested once or in a really good year twice a year. And, so if it is a grain product and it is from the grain harvested this year what difference does it make if its June this year or June next year, it is still the same grain. If there is something out there that is objective and not subjective I would like to know. Why, because I have my feed shipped in and it is very costly, the larger the shipment the more the cost is spread.

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old thread.

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

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

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

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

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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old thread.

But not irrelevant due to age....of thread.

 

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Saying that chicken feed is only good for 60  to 90 days is fine, but what do you base that opinion on. Where does that information come from? As noted by other contributors grains are harvested once or in a really good year twice a year. And, so if it is a grain product and it is from the grain harvested this year what difference does it make if its June this year or June next year, it is still the same grain. If there is something out there that is objective and not subjective I would like to know. Why, because I have my feed shipped in and it is very costly, the larger the shipment the more the cost is spread.

Some ingredients could degrade/spoil with time, heat, humidity.

Pests could hatch out in it (I mix in some DE if that happens)....mold could grow in it.....

How long feed is 'good' for is highly situational and rarely quantifiable. 

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Pg 158 of The Small Scale Poultry Flock by Harvey Ussery quoted Jeff Mattocks regarding "stale feeds".  Mattocks states, "Feeds are at the optimum level for up to 14 days, and are satisfactory up to 45 days after grinding or milling.  After 45 days, the feed is generally so stale or oxidized that poultry appetite will be serverely depressed.  Oxidation starts immediately after the grinding or cracking of the grain."

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

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

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

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

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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