Anyone buy bulk/wholesale feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ChickenCharmer, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. ChickenCharmer

    ChickenCharmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    where do you get it from and how much $? Is it shipped, or do you pick it up?
  2. G Wiz Ranch

    G Wiz Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    Lompoc, CA
    I get mine from King Feed in King City, CA

    I don't know how far that is from you, but I go there every other month to stock up.
  3. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    Are you talking bags?

    I get it delivered from the local feed mill every two weeks... 17% organic layer ration ran me about $440 a ton for the last batch. They auger it from the feed truck into our feed bin.
  4. harrisville chicken

    harrisville chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2009
    Northern Utah
    How long does it stay fresh (nutritious)?
  5. rstampa

    rstampa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    Tampa, Florida
    If you can find a co-op in your area, that would be the best way to buy your feed. I get a 50 lb bag of organic feed about every 2 months. My share of the shipping is just $4.00. Start a new post to see if there is someone that could help you find a co-op in your area.
    Hope this helps.
  6. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I used to buy it in bulk and would like to again, but the mill that used to mix it for me went out of business. They'd custom mix in lots as small as five hundred pounds which came out to two plastic drums. I could feed all of that before the last of it would spoil. I bought two drums from them originally then would simply swap back to them for two full drums when I went to pick up my feed.

    If I were buying it by the ton I'd have to have it delivered because that would be several trips in my little truck. I couldn't use that much though before the last of it went over.

    If you buy in a large enough quantity your local feed store will probably deliver it for you, but there will likely be a delivery charge though some will deliver it free if you get over a certain amount. You'd have to check with your local feed dealers for particulars.

    How long the feed will keep depends on your climate and the time of year. Going into fall I could probably buy and use a ton of feed before it went bad, but in the summer I'd hesitate buying more than three months worth of feed. A cooler and/or drier climate would be able to get a longer storage life.


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