bugs in food?!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by 1hitu2lumb, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. 1hitu2lumb

    1hitu2lumb Hatching

    Jun 12, 2010
    San Diego
    so I have a bag of chick starter I have had for probably 2 months, and I just got some more baby chicks so I brought the bag out and started feeding them it.

    well I went to scoop some food for them and looked at the scoop and saw big piles of white powder looking stuff sort of growing bigger, I pinched a bit and it felt kinda moist like that fake snow people sell at mall kiosks.

    I kept looking at it wondering what it was, watching it grow and move the feed around.

    then I noticed it was making my hands itch a bit and finally saw tiny tiny white bugs about the size of skin flakes crawling all over my black shirt. there must be BILLIONS in my bag of chicken food!

    does anyone know what these might be and if they have the possibility of hurting my chicks? should I throw everything out or might it just be extra protein for them?
  2. Debob

    Debob In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2010
    Just throw it out, don't chance your young chicks to problems.
  3. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    yes throw it out!
    doesnt sound like the good bugs? [​IMG]
    see if you can get a new bag and a refund.
  4. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    Sounds like you have grain mites. They feed on stored grains. They are one of the reasons you should store feed in a sealed container and empty the container completely before adding new feed. The eggs are already present in most grains they just need to right conditions to develop.


    Grain Mites ~ Canada Grain Commission

    PSU Entomology
  5. 1hitu2lumb

    1hitu2lumb Hatching

    Jun 12, 2010
    San Diego
    nice, thank you.

    it sounds like they aren't harmful and are killed by just shaking the bag of food around.
    I wont waste the food.

    in my cockatiels food, there are always moth eggs, and after a while worms start cocooning in the bags. Im pretty used to it. The stupid moths are always landing on my projector screen and die and stick to it when I roll it up after watching a movie.
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2010

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