40 pounds of pellets, and TEN pounds of DUST!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jmc, May 21, 2012.

  1. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    I am sick of the amount of 'feed dust' that a 50 lb. bag of pellets has. The birds don't know what to do with this 'crumby dust'. I try to recycle it day after day, by putting the previous day's 'dust' on top of the new day's feed.

    But this amount of leftover 'feed dust' just keeps accumulating.

    Somtimes I feel like sifting the pellets and just throwing out all the 'dust'!

    Know what I mean? What do you do?
    Last edited: May 21, 2012
  2. duckinnut

    duckinnut Songster

    Jul 18, 2010
    Marshfield, Ma.
    No matter what type of dry feed for any animal there will always be dust, just a fact of life. The more it is handled the more dust it is going to create. Anywho, you can mix it into a little plain yogurt,oatmeal or roll melon type fruit in it and make a coating. A little water added to it and make little cakes or balls for them to toy with. The possibilities are endless unless of course you run out of dust![​IMG]
    Last edited: May 21, 2012
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  3. ChickFarmer

    ChickFarmer In the Brooder

    May 22, 2010
    I mix wet brewers grain with the dust and the chicks love it. I never waste it I mix it so it's damp and crumbly.
    Last edited: May 21, 2012
  4. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Yeah. just adding water, feeding in a separate bowl and instant treat. Its what I do with the fine stuff when I empty and clean the feeder.
  5. Yup, wet it and they'll love it. Kind of a porridge I guess.
  6. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    gee, thank you all so much. I just never thought of that!

  7. Don't be surprised that they prefer it to dry feed. Don't be shocked if when you feed them dry feed again, they look up, as if to say, "Hey! What's this dry stuff?" "Where's our nice, moist food?" [​IMG]
  8. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    yeah, i can see that. little rascals.

    who wants cheerios without milk after all, right!
  9. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    That bag must have been from when the bin was nearly empty as they were bagging the feed. I get one of those every now and again.
  10. mrcman

    mrcman In the Brooder

    Nov 28, 2011
    NW Pa.
    dunkinut, you say "add the fines to yogurt?? is it a treat for me or the hens??

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