Bugs in feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bstone026, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. bstone026

    bstone026 New Egg

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    Ok, I've got some just opened chick starter and I have noticed what appears to be some type of small black bug's in the feed itself. I am wanting to know what might the ant size bugs be and are they harming the feed. Thanks
     
  2. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would return it!
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    100 times over!!! Ditto! If it has bugs in it, it's old feed, therefore lacking in nutrition, not to mention the yuck factor. Feed stores need to be accountable and provide decent feed.
     
  4. dandrews1971

    dandrews1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Actually....they are most likely weevils. Theyre harmless unles sit is absolutely infested. Chickens eat bugs....
    Theyre the same bugs youll sometimes find in pantry products. Getting it from a feed mill, it sometimes happens. You can drop a bowl of dry ice in the feed bin & it will kill them. Keepng it in the freezer is also a good way to eliminate them.
     
  5. rehric00

    rehric00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have corn meal, two bags, that are infested with three different types of bugs. I only saw the small black ones but my husband said small flea looking bugs and grey mite looking bugs were all over my car.... Ew! But I'm feeding to to them. Not worth going back to the store in my opinion. They are gonna hear about it though.
     
  6. Rich386

    Rich386 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would mention it to my supplyer but if they found those bugs in the yard they would eat them.
     
  7. trudyg

    trudyg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a bag of scratch that had weevils in it. Felt like, "oh no, it's bad!" so I dumped in the compost pile. The girls ate it. Now, when I first open the bag, I put in some DE. I keep it in a tote w/ a lid, so then I spray sevin on the floor around the tote. Still see one, once in awhile, but I'm not hauling it all the way back to the store unless it's really bad.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Chickens love bugs. To them they're Meat Group. What's nasty to us is gourmet to them.
     

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