cleaned out the cupboard and found some outdated cans of food

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by blueseal, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can the chickens eat outdated baked beans in a can and clam chowder. some is 2 years old . can i just open the can and give it to them. or is it not a good idea.
     
  2. linben

    linben Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would only give it to them if you would feel "safe" eating it yourself. I think mine would love the clam chowder.
     
  3. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    I would, we feed all the expired stuff in the fridge to the birds.
     
  4. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    Quote:X2 Learned this the hard way with my dogs. Didn't really think of it until the poor things got food poisoning. If you wouldn't eat it, I wouldn't feed it to your animals.
     
  5. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the replies. i said the heck with it and threw it all in the dump. dont want any sick birds.
     
  6. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    If two years old was the worst of it then none of it was outdated.
     
  7. 12thmanjim

    12thmanjim Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow food from the cupboard?
     
  8. Liamm_1

    Liamm_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    To hell with the chickens, I would have eaten it myself!!
     
  9. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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  10. Cass

    Cass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For future reference expiration dates on cans are really silly....canned food takes many many years to spoil. A survival site I read says that all food (expect fresh products like bread) are good for a full year after their "expiration date". The way to tell if canned food is safe to eat is to check for bulging of the can's ends and the color/smell of the food when opened. If the ends are flat and the food's color is right and the smell is right, then it is safe to eat. Personally I make sure I use all food within 6 months of expiration date, but would feed it to my animals for the full year, if the can was "normal".

    OT...my doctor told me that prescription drugs are good for a full year after the expiration date on the label, right AFTER I threw out a full bottle of my allergy medication...DOH...
     

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