Feed Freshness question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by LoneCowboy, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Every book I read says don't buy anymore food than you can use in 3 weeks. That it loses freshness and nutrition.

    Well, I bought some feed last month from the feed store. I use Purina Layena. It was a brand new shipment, cuz I had to go back after the truck came at noon.

    I looked at the date stamp on the bag where they sew it closed, and it said Jan 2007. It was a whole year old! Doesn't it lose it's freshness in that year? Why do I have to worry about not buying more than I can use in 3 weeks, if they are going to sell year old food?
  2. Pinenot

    Pinenot Songster

    Sep 11, 2007
    I was told that feed is like a loaf of bread. It either looses its freshness or molds. Sometimes those mold spors are not very visable to us. It can cause botulisium (I am a bad speller)
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    yeah, and even if it's been stored well and not getting moldy, the vitamin content declines over time as fats get rancid etcetera. Also I dunno about old chicken feed but I can tell you that old pellet-type horse feed gets extra dusty as it physically falls apart.

    If it were me I'd take it back to the store and say Hey.

    Good luck to you,

  4. Dana

    Dana In the Brooder

    Dec 10, 2007
    New Hampshire
    It may not be as old as you think.

    When I got a bag of Layena a while ago, I thought it was a year old too, but apparently the dates aren't what they seem. I called Purina just to make sure, and it turned out that they have a strange way of writing the dates. Unfortunately I can't remember how to read it, so you might want to try calling them to find out. I think different companies have different ways of doing it too.

    Anyway, the feed turned out to be a month old, which is still kind of old.:|

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