Bugs in Chick Starter?

idispatch4911

Chirping
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May 20, 2011
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I know chicks love bugs anyway, but I think the medicated starter I bought at IFA had a ton of teeny bugs in it hatching. I threw the whole 25lb bag in the freezer to kill them all, but - is that normal? I would think feed would be fairly pest free. But maybe I'm wrong.
 

Imp

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Feed should be bug free. Not just fairly bug free, completely bug free. I would return it and get fresh. Maybe change feed stores. Open and check the bag before you leave.

The 3 big problems with infested feed are:

The bugs are eating the feed, reducing the nutritional content.

The feed is probably old.

The bugs are pooping in the feed.

Any one is a good reason to not feed it to your chicks.

Good luck,
Imp
 

greenegglover

Songster
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Sounds like millgrain beetles...need to make sure they aren't in house or feed bin. I would return the feed to the store, get new bag. I don't think it would hurt them to eat the feed but they are creepy.
 

A.T. Hagan

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Buy enough feed and you'll eventually get some that is weevily. If it has as many as it sounds like it does then take it back and get some fresher stock.
 

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