Dumor layer feed got wet in the rain - can they eat it?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Granolamom, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. Granolamom

    Granolamom Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    I usually have a bowl of feed in the yard, because my free-range chicks like to come and snack on it throughout their daily meandering in the yard.
    This morning, it rained for the first time in weeks, and I moved the food inside, but noticed that they were eating the wet feed that had been scratched out of their bowl and gotten rained on. Is this okay, or will it make them sick? It's going to be very hard to remove all of it, because it's in the grass.
  2. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    If it's in the bag or the feeder when it gets wet, I toss it. If it's on the ground already, I let it go. It'll dry or be eaten too rapidly to get moldy.
  3. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    What Kinnip said sounds logical to me.
  4. Granolamom

    Granolamom Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    Thanks for the response, guys! So, wet feed is not really the issue, but instead it's the mold that grows if the feed gets wet in the bag? Cool, I was kind of worried about them eating it out there in the yard, because they really seem to like it rain-wet.
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    Corydon, Indiana
    Wet feed goes bad fast, like overnight. If my feed gets wet, I leave it till the next morning. The chickens think they've gotten a treat, and I have to toss less.
  6. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    If mine gets wet, I let it be anywhere from six to eight hours and then throw it out.

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