Mites in chicken feed?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by MamaHauk, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. MamaHauk

    MamaHauk Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 30, 2016
    I found clusters of tiny brown bugs in my chicken feed container (see photo). It's supposed to be a pest proof container, so I'm assuming they were already in the feed when I bought it. What are they and what should I do? I dumped the rest of the feed. And I cleaned the container out with bleach water. Are they harmful to my chickens?

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  2. wynn4578

    wynn4578 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2015
    There are several dozen types of bugs that love grains and feeds. Mites and weevils being among them. One thing they all point to is a bag of feed that is either old or has been exposed to moisture. Chances are it won't hurt your chickens but vitamins degrade over time or exposure to elements. I would return it if you can and get a new bag of feed.

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  3. B Redhawk

    B Redhawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2017
    Those are mites and sad to say this but every bag of feed sold in the USA will have eggs for bran bugs, weevils and mites in them, it is simply a fact of life. They hatch out in warm temperatures and moisture doesn't need to be present except in the form of humid air. Feed that has bugs isn't bad for chickens unless there is an off odor (which will be ammonia) if that is the case it is best to use it in the compost heap or feed it to your hogs (who can consume it without issues arising.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
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  5. B Redhawk

    B Redhawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2017
    Very true aart, to identify any mite species you have to have a microscope. In the 17 years I was with the USDA I never didn't find bug eggs in the grains, feed mills, graneries that I was called to inspect. They are just a fact of life and only the worst of the poisons (phosgene is the normal fumigant) will kill them and even then the eggs will persist.

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