How long does chicken feed last in storage?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Scooter&Suzie, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2011
    I may be able to get a couple hundred pounds of feed, but I was wondering how long it would last. They would be in a the sealed bag that they come in, then put into a plastic trash can in my shed. The place I can get them is $19 for a 100 pounds, which I am right now paying $16 for 50 pounds. It is kinda far, so I don't want to have to make the trip more times that I have to. Will chicken feed last up to 6 months? Or is it only good for 2 months? Or maybe just 1?
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Stored optimally, it is good for 3-4 months. But in the summer you would NOT want to do that. Over winter if kept cool and dry, definitely! If you can freeze your feed then hey keep it as long as you want. (Just be aware that in taking it out of the freezer it will get moist and thus only take out enough for the next day or two of feeding.)
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2013
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    This isn't based on any research, etc, just my common sense.

    Corn is harvested once a year. Wheat is what, twice a year depending on the type? Oats are once a year. I don't have any idea about soybeans, but I have the feeling they're a once a year (or maybe twice) crop. So, the feed I buy from the Grange today is from corn harvested last summer, unless they're getting corn from somewhere else cause no corn was harvested in the US in the last few months! Same for the other grains. So, my thought is the feed should be able to be stored for several months at least. Keep it dry, moisture is the enemy of storing any food or feed. Cool and sealed, as you describe, I don't see why it wouldn't last six months.

    Also, check with the supplier, they should be able to give you an idea.
  4. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2011
    Okay! Do you think that it could last 2 months in the summer? It would be amazing only to have to make the trip 6 times a year.
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    In my garage it would last 2 months, as I have an insulated garage and keep the feed off the floor on a pallet inside a metal garbage can. Personally I would not keep the feed for 2 months in a hot shed where temps get up to 90s or 100s for that long (if that is your setup). Some sheds get very hot and some don't LOL.

    Vitamin deficiencies in chickens are not pretty and the high heat would degrade the feed too much for my liking. But use your judgement and what works for me might not work for you so to speak.
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2013
  6. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2011
  7. ocap

    ocap Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 1, 2013
    Smithville, Missouri
    I recently went to a web site for "preppers" (those that store food for possible catastrophe) and whole corn (not chopped) lasts two years, pinto bean seeds can still sprout at five years, I tried corn meal that was 4 years past the sell by date and it did not kill me, can't tell about vitamin loss. Sunflower seeds had moths and hatched larve within six months.
  8. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Extreme heat is the biggest concern as it does break down certain vitamins and nutrients. As long as feed is dry and not stored in extreme heat it will last a very long time. If your storage area doesn't get much over 80F then 3-4 months is not expecting too much. My feed is stored in a metal container out with the chickens. A 50 lb bag lasts a month and yes, it gets far too over heated. I'm building a shelter over part of the run this year so it'll be out of the sun.
  9. noahsmom

    noahsmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2013
    North Eastern, Ky
    Great Thread!
    Just wondering Egghead_Jr, How many chickens do you have for a 50lb bag to last one month? Just out of curiosity! :)
  10. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens


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