Feed turning to powder.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bigspringshatchery, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. bigspringshatchery

    bigspringshatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some chick starter that's turning to powder in the bottom of the feeder. What causes this? It's purina chick starter if that matters. I dont think it's getting wet but I'm having to throw out so much feed.
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Any chance you have bugs in it?

    Some bage are more powdery. Someone posted once it was the end of the run bags.

    Imp
     
  3. bigspringshatchery

    bigspringshatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No bugs. The food is fine when I fill the feeder. But say a day later it's like a powder.
     
  4. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will learn to eat it also, some food just doesn't "hold together" as well as other. Just think of it like mash, don't throw it away. [​IMG] (as long as its not moldy or wet etc)
     
  5. bigspringshatchery

    bigspringshatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ok. I just wanted to make sure nothing was wrong with it. They already waste enough just being chicks and then the feed so I'll just leave it so they can eat it. Thanks.
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    My chickens will eat the powder at the bottom of the feeder.

    You could wet it and give it to them in small quantities, but it will mold and possibly kill them if you don't throw out the wet feed after one day.
     
  7. Ohhhdear

    Ohhhdear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try adding some hot water to the powder, enough to make a crumbly dough the consistency of cookie dough. You can use leftover water from boiling vegetables for dinner (lots of vitamins!), gravy, old milk, yogurt... anything liquidy.
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Chicks are probably picking out all the crumble bits and leaving the "powder" behind.
     
  9. bigspringshatchery

    bigspringshatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My dad owns a store and the milk man gives my grandfather the old milk to give to his dogs so I might have to get some and do this.
     
  10. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    When my girls were chicks, I used the powder from the starter on top of the yogurt to get them to try it.
     

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