Dusty White Powder in Feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Poachy, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. Poachy

    Poachy New Egg

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    Hello - I'm new, but have read a lot of posts since getting my chickens 5 months ago.

    My question is about cracked corn (and also scatch grains with cracked corn): 2 different bags from 2 different sources have had powdery white spots on the inside of the feed bags. I have asked both sources if this is normal and no one seems to have any idea if it is or not. The spots wipe off and overall I know that cracked corn is dusty. I probably have never noticed this before because I never inspected the stuff I use to feed the wild birds so closely. But, wanting to be safe, I thought I would ask. My concern is that it could be mildew or something like that and all the feeds warn not to feed "spoiled or moldy feed". The corn / scratch itself looks and smells fine, no moisture or clumping.

    Has anyone else noticed powdery white spots on the inside of their cracked corn? Is is normal? Should I feed it or return it?

    Thanks!
     
  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'd put a bit of the feed in a Zip-Lok bag or other clean plastic overnight.
    If you see mold by the next morning, return the feed.

    I suspect though, that you're seeing corn starch from the physical manipulation of the equipment and bag.

    Is there any bad odor- that would be a dead giveaway.
     
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  3. Poachy

    Poachy New Egg

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    Thanks so much for your input. I did put some in a ziplock - it did not grow anything so I started feeding to my hens and they love it and are feeling just fine.
     
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    It is probably an anti caking agent, often used in some feeds in order to have a longer shelf life. if it is not mold just watch it, but I think you may be fine.

    AL
     
  5. sugarbush

    sugarbush Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is DE. They put it in stored grain to help keep bugs from getting into it.
     
  6. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Quote:Thats what I meant by anti caking agent, some folks are freaked out by DE, and some really love it. so I chose the low road LOL.

    AL
     
  7. sugarbush

    sugarbush Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry....I am direct by nature.[​IMG]
     

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