beatles, worms in feed ?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by zekii, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. zekii

    zekii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 1, 2010
    New Hampsha
    Just opened a bag of Purina Flock raiser, and there are worms. beatles and web clumps in the feed, I know in the
    warm weather this happens with grains. Is this feed still ok to feed to the chickens ?

  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    I'd return it if you just purchased.
  3. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

    Jun 17, 2011
    Morristown, AZ
    I would also return it, most if not all mill run feed has some weevil eggs in it and often if it sits on the shelf for a long time they hatch and lay eggs and hatch and....

    The clumps are fungus or mold likely forming in wet spots and the feed is bad...

    When you store your feed a little food grade DE will help keep the weevils from getting a foothold and breeding.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2011
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I would not feed it. Mold is deadly to chickens. From the sound of it, the feed sat a long time and got damp as well. And the bugs? I don't want them getting into anything else around here!
  5. zekii

    zekii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 1, 2010
    New Hampsha
    Actually I think the web clumps are from the catepillars ... I know now not too keep to many bags of feed ahead in this hot weather ... I had this problem once with dog food, and thought I learned my lesson [​IMG]

    I added some DE to the feed ... thanks for the replies

  6. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Wet, clumpy, weevily feed in a bag you just brought home should be taken straight back to the feed store. It's spoiled and I would not feed it to my birds.

    If the feed is dry, NOT clumpy, and has only a few weevils and I know I'll use it up fast I'll sometimes go ahead and use it. But not feed that has gotten wet and is clumped up. It's bad for molding, especially in summer heat, and moldy feed is bad news for any animal especially birds.

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