Is scratch grain supposed to be dusty?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jdaly91215, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. jdaly91215

    jdaly91215 In the Brooder

    Dec 30, 2013
    I've only ever bought one bag of scratch, and from the day I opened it, it's always had a lot of very fine, white powder that's all over the grains. Is this normal? Or could it be mold? TIA
  2. barkinghills

    barkinghills Chirping

    Dec 17, 2011
    I've also seen some very dusty bags of Purina scratch. I think it is basically corn flour that comes along with the cracked corn, and hasn't been well screened out.

    I had a bag of moldy Flock Raiser once, and it had blotchy green mold all over the inside of the bag as well as on the pellets. On close inspection it was obviously mold, and different that feed that is simply dusty.

    You can always return it to the feed store if you are worried. They should know how it usually looks.
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    If it has cracked corn it will always be dusty. There is no way to keep the pieces of cracked corn from being further milled by the other grains and pieces of cracked corn while the scratch is being handled.

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