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Starter/Grower crumbles with yeasty smell?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jennyf, May 26, 2016.

  1. jennyf

    jennyf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First time chick person here! My first bag of chick feed was medicated Organic Manna Pro Starter Crumbles. Just bought a bag of Purina Starter/Grower from a feed store that's closer, just opened Purina bag to mix with the Manna Pro to switch, and the Purina has a yeasty (beer-like) smell. It's not overpowering, but the Manna Pro crumbles don't smell like that! Date on bag is April 8. Normal or not? Thanks!
     
  2. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you see any mold in the feed?

    April 8 2016 ?

    that's pretty recent so it might be ok..
     
  3. jennyf

    jennyf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No mold, and it's dry. Doesn't have a year indicated--I just assumed it was this year. I'd rather that it back or toss it if it's not normal for it to have a yeasty smell tho...
     
  4. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    for peace of mind

    call the number on the bag and ask them

    since it might be normal with Purina feed.. but for peace of mind i would encourage you to call them and ask

    or you can return it to the store and get a new bag

    but be sure to open the bag right in the store the 2nd time to check.. so you don't have to drive back and forth like this
     
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  5. jennyf

    jennyf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Purina says not normal and that sometimes is a result of dealer storing in too warm or damp conditions. Taking it back...
     
  6. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you are picking up another bag of the same brand.. be sure to open it right there in the store after you paid for it.

    since if needed you can exchange for another one right there and then .. no need to drive back and forth.

    feed should be store in a cool and dry place but not all stores will do that :/
     
  7. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have always found Purina or any other commercial not organic brand smells that way. Nutrena Feather Fixer has a really gross smell! I've said that for years, but everyone says it has to be old or bad. Must have been that way at every store for 23+ years! Local feed or organic commercial always has a sweet clean grain smell. If the starter feed was organic, it was not medicated.
     
  8. jennyf

    jennyf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, sorry, stupid autocorrect. The original organic starter was unmedicated. Just went back to the manna pro unmedicated grower from the original dealer. Dealer #2 (who's about fifteen miles closer) I know stores all his feed in a non-climate controlled barn unfortunately, so won't be purchasing feed from there anymore.
     

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