I need some advice, what would u do

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  1. greenapple

    greenapple Chillin' With My Peeps

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    last tuesday I bought 2 50lb bags of layer pellet from my local feed store. I usually go through that much in one month, changed my dogs food and that freed up the 50 lb bin that I used to store her feed bag in so I bought 2 bags of layer pellet instead of buying them one at a time. Wednesday my dd fed from the new bag of feed, the kids didn't go after it like normal, didn't think anything of it at first. Thursday my father took my other dd to work early, so when we went out to feed, the feed bins were all full so we thought my dad and other dd fed everybody. Friday I go out to feed when my dad took my dd to work, and all the feed bins are still full, and the only hen that we had seen eating the feed was dead. I took a good look at the feed, I had just figured the lighter color was just a normal variation, I smelled the feed and it had a woody smell to it and was very powdery. I had switched brands of layer pellet 4 months ago, it didn't look like what that brand usually looks like, but the other brand I used to use was always looked different every time I opened a new bag. I called the feed store to inform them that I thought I had a bad bag of feed, and was told the chickens weren't eating because it has been unusually hot, which is has been but no hotter that it was last month or the month before. I called the feed company and they told me to take both bags back to the feed store and get replacements. I took them back and was only credited for the unopened bag and was told the I had to wait for the feed rep to check the opened bag because she swears there is nothing wrong with the feed, now I am out $15 for the opened bag of feed and one of our favorite hens. On thursday I had noticed all the chickens panting and gasping, and just figured that it was the heat, but the hen that died ate more of the feed and had blueish-green skin when she died ( I talked to several people and they agreed she probably died from bad feed, probably a fungus in the feed). I pulled all of the feed friday morning after I found her, offered everyone some allstock -it is what the goat likes and is my emergency back up feed if I run out of feed and can't get to the feed store that day - they refused that. I gave them all bowls of yogurt and they attacked it. I hated to switch them to scratch, but that is all they will eat now, they won't even touch pelleted food if offered. What would you do if this happened? I was shocked that the feed store wouldn't even entertain the idea that the feed could be bad, and that I have to wait until the rep comes in and checks to feed. I have a sample of the feed waiting for the rep to come here to pick it up. I also kept another sample and was thinking of taking it to the state ag lab to have them test it for contaminates.
     
  2. 1stepcloser

    1stepcloser Poultry In Motion

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    I would definitely have the feed tested! Different animal/product but my dog almost died from an over the counter flea treatment. I wrote a VERY nasty letter to the company and was reimbursed not only for the cost of the medicine but for my extensive vet bills as well. I am thinking the feed company will most likely respond in the same way should they receive a "nastygram" .
     
  3. monita

    monita Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i agree with the above post. i know nobody WANTS to be ugly to solve problems such as that but sometimes thats the only way to get the problem solved. Get very ugly about it demand what you want which is only your due and they will surely reimburse the cost of your feed as well as try to compensate for the loss of your hen.
     
  4. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The dept. of agriculture really needs to know about this. If the feed is bad, they have the power to pull it off the shelves, right now.

    As for the non-compassionate feed store, I'd never step foot in that place again.

    Does anyone remember the bad dog food a few months ago that was killing dogs? Started out the same way.
     
  5. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    You're doing the right thing. After that crazy dog food scare a while back- I think the feed companies will try to make things right rather than get bad publicity. As for the store- they should have reimbursed you-not like they can't write it off!
    Sorry for your loss [​IMG]
     
  6. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

    Feb 9, 2008
    Central Michigan
    I would call the company back and complain that the feed store refuses to refund your money! Perhaps they will take care of it for you!
     
  7. coloradochick

    coloradochick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ditto what vicki said. Good luck.
     
  8. gypsy2621

    gypsy2621 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just went through that in the spring.
    feed co claims no responsibility, 100's of rabbits died on a particular name brand of feed, necropsy done by Ag and private vet confirmed toxic material.
    Persons involved were told by said feed co to drop it or they would sue for damages, can ya believe that?

    I wont mention the brand name but its one of the most popular.
     

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