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Storing Feed in Summer?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Pony Trotsky, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. Pony Trotsky

    Pony Trotsky In the Brooder

    May 24, 2011

    I have three pullets currently eating Blue Seal Grower, and can't seem to find this feed in anything smaller than 25 lb bags. The 25 lb bag lasts more than a month, and I'm wondering whether it will go rancid in very hot weather.

    I've had high-fat/high protein horse feeds go bad in the heat, if left around too long - hence the question: should I store grower mash in the house where it's cooler, or is the horse barn, where the coop is, okay?

    Thank you. [​IMG]

  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I'm not familiar with that brand, but I keep my feed sealed up in huge plastic tub (a plastic garbage can w/good seal would work too). I've kept mine for as long as 6 weeks with no problems, and it's very humid here. I keep it in the detached garage. I wonder if a mesh bag of rice would help (I've always kept rice in my salt shakers)??? [​IMG] Of course your house would be "safest" place...since it's humidity controlled.
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Check your feed tag it should BHT, Ethoxyquin, Tocopherols, Citric Acid or Rosemary Extract in it.
    If it has either of them you should be alright.

  4. Pony Trotsky

    Pony Trotsky In the Brooder

    May 24, 2011
    Quote:Thanks, Chris!

    Here's what it's got:

    Grain Products, Plant Protein Products, Processed
    Grain By-Products, Calcium Carbonate, Monocalcium
    Phosphate, Salt, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride,
    L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Vitamin E Supplement,
    Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate,
    Zinc Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate,
    Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Proteinate,
    Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D3
    Supplement, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate,
    Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine
    Hydrochloride, Cobalt Carbonate, Folic Acid, Vitamin
    B12 Supplement, Biotin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite
    Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Brewers
    Dried Yeast, Yeast Culture, Dried Enterococcus
    Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus
    Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Yeast
    Fermentation Solubles.

    It doesn't appear to contain anything you mentioned, so I'll bring it inside. [​IMG]

    I must say, though, that I think this list is a bit scary. It barely looks like food, really. Is there any reason a person couldn't just feed real food, with a vitamin supplement for insurance?
  5. NanaLantana

    NanaLantana Chirping

    Feb 7, 2011
    Lantana, Florida
    I've got to throw away a 25 lb bag of feed - I took it out of the car and left it in the carport, partially covered. It rained that night, and in the morning I brought it inside. When I opened it a week later, It was all mouldy! I usually keep my feed in a trash bin inside my back door. So it's usually in the AC house. I guess I learned my lesson - never leave feed outside in S. Florida! Boo on me [​IMG]
  6. luvinmychickens

    luvinmychickens Songster

    Jun 15, 2011
    We keep our in a big plastic tub in the garage. (Its an urban farm)

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