slightly old produce

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by warcard, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. warcard

    warcard Songster

    Apr 4, 2008
    SE Indiana
    If I can get my local supermarket to agree. Would if be OK to feed my birds produce that the supermarket can't sell due to wilting or whatever? I thought I might be able to work a deal and get the old produce really cheap. Gas and feed prices are killing us! [​IMG]
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    As long as it's not moldy or rotten, no probelms.
  3. chcknrs

    chcknrs Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    Kelso, WA
    I know someone who did this for years. It worked great for her until another person who did it was eating the produce, got sick and sued. (Ridculous) All the stores quit doing it after that. But it's a great idea, and all you can do is try. If the big chains won't allow it, maybe try the mom 'n pop stores.
    It's a lot of work, cuz sometimes there is food in plastic bags, and sometimes other garbage so you have to go thru all of it. The people I knew who did it supplied their own 50 gallon plastic drums, and picked up several times a week. They had cows, chickens, emus and rabbits, and everyone was happy campers!
    They sold a lot of their animals when the grocery stores stopped doing it, cuz feed costs were so high.
  4. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    When we did small animal rescue the store would let us have all the pulled produce and most of the time there would be only on or two bad leaves or just a soft spot on the fruit. So we took the bad parts off and the critters chowed down ont he rest.
    I'd go for it in a heartbeat!
  5. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    We have a farm market next door to our farm. We get the culls at the end of the week. If only I didn't have piggies, I would give more to my chickens and waterfowl.
  6. fowlwoman1

    fowlwoman1 Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Wenatchee, WA
    the county jail inmates collect the old produce from all the grocery stores in town to give to the food bank every week. I have a schedule worked out with them where I go every wednesday morning when they sort through the produce and I can have all the stuff they are going to throw away. they are nice enough to even sort it into boxes for me before I get there that have things the chickens like like lettuces and tomatoes and apples and melons. if there is something truly rotten it goes into the trash at my house, but most of it is just about good enough that I would eat it--sometimes I do pick stuff out to wash and eat. I have my little knife out there in the barnyard that I cut rotten parts of fruits and veggies off with so the chickens don't get the gross stuff.
  7. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Here we have a lot of taco places, they will give away all the out dated produce. You just have to prove you have animals that will eat it.

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