i've got little tiny bugs in my bag of scratch

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by backdoorchicken, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. backdoorchicken

    backdoorchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2009
    newport news va
    is that a big deal or does it really matter?
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If it's too much trouble to take it back, if you have DE, just dump a cup or two in the bag, stir it around and close the bag. Or freeze it. They'll all be dead. I'd complain to the store, though. Bugs deplete the nutritional value of feed and ground it to powder.
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    If it is just a few bugs probably not a problem. That said I would take it back and get better scratch, open the bag before leaving. I would not feed my chickens it because of the bug waste in it. And who knows how old it is, if it is infested.

    Good luck,
  4. backdoorchicken

    backdoorchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2009
    newport news va
    i think the bugs got into it in my shed. it's not a big bag so i may just toss it.
  5. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    I wouldn't consider it a big deal. Extra protien for the chickens. I mean, come on, chickens ummm, eat bugs!
  6. txredneckmedic

    txredneckmedic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    just feed it...their already eating bugs
  7. 1stepcloser

    1stepcloser Poultry In Motion

    Sep 16, 2009
    Dover, TN
    Quote:That was my thought. Yay...extra protein. [​IMG]
  8. Picky Chicky

    Picky Chicky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 22, 2008
    Holly Grove, VA
    I found one bag like that a couple months ago. I was a little irritated with the store I bought it from, but the chickens didn't seem to care.

    It kind of reminded me of a story my old best friend told me from her work. She used to work at the local movie cinemas as a manager. After the rush of people went through, one of her employees came to her in a panick. Apparently their batch of popcorn they were serving had weevils in it. Instead of having a scene straight out of "Stand By Me" (the pie scene anyone?? [​IMG]), she decided to have them clean out the machines and be sure the next batch was bug-free. I asked if she had any complaints, and she said no, apparently people were coming out for seconds. Ew!

    One thing is for sure - I ALWAYS check my movie popcorn before I go into the dark for any buggies. [​IMG]
  9. birdsofthefarm

    birdsofthefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 28, 2009
    Grayson County, TX
    If they arent poisonus, the hens will eat them
  10. Preservation Acres

    Preservation Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    I found a few very small beetles in my feed yesterday. They're just an extra snack for the chickens. If it was an infestation, I definitely wouldn't give it to the chickens, but just a few...no worries.

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