Infestation. UNBELIEVABLE.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by silkiechick05, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we have a 25lb bag of chick starter/grower out in the garage and when i went to get some to feed the chicks, i found little disgusting brown bugs in the feed

    will they harm my chicks?

    how can i get rid of them/ prevent them?
     
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2009
  2. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    mealie bugs? flea beatles? got pics? probably won't hurt chickens, but not sure about the chicks although they would go crazy chasing the bugs.
     
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Return the feed to the store you bought it from. Chances are the feed was infested when you bought it, unless it's been sitting around a long time at your house. Old feed is no good, especially if it has bugs in it. The vitamins and "stuff" that makes it food degrades over time, and with bugs eating, defecating and reproducing in the food all the nutritional value is being lost. It's no good for growing babies.

    Put your feed into an airtight container to keep the bugs out. I have some great (expensive) containers with screw tops, but I used to use old, clean drywall buckets to store food that worked just as well.

    Get the feed out of your garage ASAP. I had a moth infestation in my house a few years back from a bag of seed that spread through my entire house. It took weeks to clean it up.

    Good luck.
     
  4. honeydoll

    honeydoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Moths are a total nuisance. I know about moth issues. They are driving me nuts...[​IMG]
     
  5. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would return it, but i think that the infestation occurred in my garage.

    I bought the bag on saturday, and the bag has just had a small hole in the top. when i first bought it, i put some in a little container and had it by the chicks for easy distribution. that feed has no bugs, but the stuff in the garage does. therefore, i am fairly sure this happened in the last four days at my house, and i don't think it would be fair to take the feed back to the store, esp if it was my fault
     
  6. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so i definitely went to the same feed store (i tried TSC but they said that they didn't carry Purina) and got some new feed. then i went to TSC to get a galvanized steel container to put it in to make sure no bugs got in. i poured the food.... and there were bugs in the food again. now, i know they are no harm to my chicks, but we don't want the bugs in the house.

    so i did some investigating, and the expiration date was JULY 9TH 2007!!!

    I AM SO ANGRY!
     
  7. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need to get your money back on both bags! Sounds like weevils, and weevils (or whatever you call them) didn't come from your house.

    That's just plain irresponsible, and they need to be called out on it. I would call the corporate office (or better, write) and make a big ol' stink about it.
     
  8. Cockadoodledon't

    Cockadoodledon't Chillin' With My Peeps

    Definitely take back.....
    You have been hosed.
    Time for nice friendly conversation with management.
     
  9. I definitely agree. Infestation does not take 4 days, it takes a lot longer.

    If you have those pesky meal moths, you need to fumigate immediately. These guys are really, really a problem.

    Take the feed back. The management should be contacted.

    This would not be the first time a feed store gets bad feed from
    their supplier.

    Your chicks may like the worms, but I asure you that this could
    become a real problem for you.
     
  10. ksct

    ksct Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i HOPE YOU CAN GET YOUR MONEY BACK!
    AND AS A SIDE BAR HERE.... WE KEEP OUR FEED IN GARBAGE PAILS. WE HAVE ONE METAL ONE AND ONE PLASTIC ONE ACUTALLY. THEY'RE NOT 'AIR TIGHT' BUT WE'VE YET TO HAVE ANY ISSUES.
    I REALIZE YOUR BUG PROBLEM CAME FROM THE STORE BUT JUST THOUGHT I'D THROW THE IDEA OUT THERE.
    GOOD LUCK!
     

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