How long does "chick starter" last ?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Anyka, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. Anyka

    Anyka Hatching

    Jul 2, 2011
    Hi, this may sound a stupid question, but I'm a 100% newbie here,
    and everything I know about raising chicks I learned here on your great forum.

    My first 5 chicks will hatch in 1 week and I'm preparing the brooder box and lamp.
    As for their food, I have an almost full bag of 5 kg chick starter, but it was opened and used in April (for some one elses chicks) and since then kept closed at room temperature.
    There's no "best before date" on the plastic bag.
    Should I buy a new one?
    Thanks for helping me out!

  2. Denninmi

    Denninmi Songster

    Jul 26, 2009
    A few months is fine, probably at least 6 months, as long as its kept perfectly dry. Over time, some of the vitamins will break down, but it will only become harmful if it gets damp and starts to mold -- molds produce toxins.
  3. Anyka

    Anyka Hatching

    Jul 2, 2011
    Great, thanks! It has not been damp at all (been in my living room since opened), so I'm glad I don't have to throw 5 kg of good chicken food away.
  4. nes

    nes Songster

    Jun 22, 2009
    Outside Ottawa
    Would freezing the feed extend it's lifespan?

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