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How long will an unopened bag of feed stay "fresh"?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bookworm chick, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. Bookworm chick

    Bookworm chick Songster

    May 27, 2009
    Salem County, NJ
    I just have a small flock of bantams so 50 lbs of feed will last awhile and they're on Flock Raiser. TSC just started selling Purina feeds and are having a special on them, $2-3 off their regular price. I'd gotten my Flock Raiser from the local feed/farm/garden store a few weeks ago. TSC's regular price is $1.00 cheaper than the feed store's price. They seem to be doing well on it and I'd planned on keeping them on it.

    The TSC price is a good deal, but I just didn't know if there was some sort of expiration date for bagged feed. I've already thrown away the bag the feed came in since I keep it in a plastic bin inside the house.

  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    There are a lot of variables, mostly I would be concerned with humidity. If it starts clumping or even the slightest hint of a sour smell arises, throw it all out.

    In your situation it doesn't really make sense to stock up much, since you can't use it very fast. I'd wait until the current supply gets low, then switch.
    $2-3 in savings doesn't mean much if you have to make a special trip to the store and end up tossing it. Not to mention the extra money you'll spend in TSC on something you didn't mean to get...... [​IMG]
  3. vstoltzfus

    vstoltzfus Songster

    Aug 10, 2009
    Lancaster County, PA
    I buy feed once a month, so I know it lasts at least that long!
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I have unopened bags that I bought 6 months ago.... mistake... they are moldy inside and it looks like I'm going to have to use them for fertilizer.
  5. Bookworm chick

    Bookworm chick Songster

    May 27, 2009
    Salem County, NJ
    Quote:Ok, that convinced me. I'll wait until I've used up what I have. Thanks.
  6. Prairie Mary

    Prairie Mary In the Brooder

    Thanks for asking Bookworm - I've been wondering that too. And thank the rest of you for answering. When layer is on sale I buy two bags and they last about 2 months. They are stored in plastic or metal garbage cans in the barn and I haven't had any problems. However, I had a hunch I might be pushing the limits. This confirms it. Anyone have comments specific to layer? Is 2 months too long? . . . depends on the season? * shrug *

    Thanks again - appreciate you guys![​IMG]

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