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Last years food, funny smell

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by beejay86, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. beejay86

    beejay86 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2007
    Western Massachusetts
    I have 1/2 a bag of layer mash from last year. It was kept open in my shed over the winter. It smells like sour milk. Do you think it's ok to feed the chickens? Is this smell normal? Thanks.
  2. Varisha

    Varisha Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2007
    My rule for anything that smells bad ... don't eat it or feed it... LOL But realy I have no clue about layer mash.
  3. cristina33

    cristina33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Hey Beejay ,
    I am in Western MA too! I am near Amherst .
    Take Care
  4. beejay86

    beejay86 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2007
    Western Massachusetts
    Hey Christina. I am in Lanesboro. I come out to the Amherst area often. Next time I'm planning a trip I'll let you know!!!
  5. Jillylam

    Jillylam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2007
    Kingwood, NJ
    I'd toss it. Mine doesn't smell like sour milk so I don't think it's a good idea to feed it. Also, I'd be worried about possible mold that you may not be able to see. Just my opinion.
  6. cookinmom

    cookinmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2007
    Saint George GA
    I'm not real sure on the composition of layer mash, but oils and fats go rancid if left for too long. I know bird seed can't be kept for that long, because it's not good for the birds to eat seeds that the oils have gone rancid. The fats in the layer mash could be rancid.
  7. BigR

    BigR Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 4, 2007
    Lake County Fl.
    Hi Folks, I guess I'll toss in my two cents worth. Feed does go bad at some point. The guy at our feed store where we buy our feed and some of our chicks says it should be kept in a plastic tub and then for only a month or so.
    It has a tendency to get those tiny little bugs.
    Plus if it doesn't smell fresh my wife tosses it.

    Well, Back to the Braves game.....
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2007
  8. chickens^^

    chickens^^ Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 9, 2007
    West Virginia
    no it's not worth it. you should not even ask that. it is just some food and it is cheap so dump it out and get some new food. better safe than sorry.
  9. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Dispose of it, if it smells bad, it is bad. Make sure your birds can't get to it or they will eat it.
  10. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    My rule of thumb......When in doubt, throw it out!!!

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