damp food?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by yesfantina, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. yesfantina

    yesfantina Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2011
    It just stormed. The chickens have been outside for less than a week, so everything is still new while we work out the kinks...

    The food is hanging now from the middle of the roofed section of the run, so it's about 6 inches off the ground and is in the covered part...

    The food got damp in the rain. Do I need to empty it and throw it all out now? Or will they eat it? I shouldn't be keeping the food IN the little coop, right? but what about when it rains? I need to go out after every rain and throw out the food? Any suggestions?

  2. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    If food is eaten within a couple of hours of getting wet it's probably fine but I would definitely discard after that. Anything that gets mold (and you wouldn;t necessarily see it in its beginning stages) is no good.'
  3. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    I wouldn't take any chances and throw it out. Especially with cocci growing in wet and damp conditions. The food will mold in about 2 days of being wet.

    I feed my girls wet food as a treat. I had some in a container that they didn't finish. I set it in the garage due to being side tracked from the kids. 2 days later when I emptied the bowl, it was moldy underneath.
  4. Wildflower_VA

    Wildflower_VA Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would put a plastic lid over the open top of the feeder, that way only the feed in the base will get damp. I have a feeder just like yours, and if the feed in the base gets damp, I scoop it out and mix it with some yogurt, buttermilk or water and the chickens will gobble it down before it can spoil. I only feed organic, soy-free feed to my chickens, and I can't afford to throw any away. I have learned not to put more feed in the feeder than my six chickens can eat in two days time. I don't know why they don't put a lid over the top of these kinds of feeders!

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