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How do you deal with 'powdered' feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mudhen, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    Can anyone suggest what can be done to 're-crumble' the squashed bits of feed at the bottom of the bin?
    It seems there is now about an inch of the feed in there that has been crushed into powder. [​IMG] Seems so wasteful to toss it.
    Does this happen to everyone and what if anything can be done to make it something the chickens will eat? They just ignore it in its powedered state... [​IMG]
  2. andischickenfarm

    andischickenfarm Songster

    Jun 19, 2007
    N.E. Oklahoma
    You might try mixing a little water with the powder?. I know my hens love it when some of they layer crumbles gets wet and mushes together.

  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I leave my chick feed in the bags so it doesn't have time to accumulate and I don't have to worry about feed in the bottom bin being too old. When it does get crumbly, I just add a bit of water and let that be their morning meal. Else you can mix it with yogurt.
  4. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    I cook up some thick human oatmeal in water and mix just enough through to make it clumpy...htey luv it!
  5. ThunderStruck

    ThunderStruck Songster

    May 18, 2007
    Sterling, Ohio
    Kinda along the same lines as above. maybe mix it with some plain cultured yogurt. Its a win / win situation...you get rid of the left overs and they get a tasty, cool summertime snack.

  6. K8tieCat

    K8tieCat Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Northern California
    There are two things I would do, and have done.

    1) Leave it there, they will eat it.

    2) mix it with yogurt and garlic until it's nice and thick and then you can crumble it up and feed it to them as a treat.
  7. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    Thanks everyone! I'm going to try your suggestions and see which they like best!
    They were just ignoring the powdered stuff at the bottom of the feeder.

    You all are just awesome!!! Thanks again!! [​IMG]
  8. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    You could also mix it with your chick starter for the older chicks. This would be a way to start them all real chicken feed.
  9. TreyClark281

    TreyClark281 Songster

    Apr 9, 2007
    around Katy, Tx
    mix it in a cake and bake it!!!!!!!!! [​IMG] lol jk....... maybe [​IMG]
  10. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    I have the kind of feeders that are two parts: bottom is a tray, top slides off. Well, I noticed I had a ton of this stuff the other day, so I just left the top off one of the feeders, with all of this stuff in it. They ate up every crumb (well.. nearly [​IMG] ). I like the idea of mixing it with something else. Maybe I'll try that next time.


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