Unopened feed - storage length inside

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sonofabish1, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. sonofabish1

    sonofabish1 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 11, 2015
    I searched quite a bit but didn't find anything about storing feed inside...

    Back in October my 3 week old meaties (30 of them) got eaten by coyotes. A couple days before I bought 2 bags of Dumor starter/grower feed (first time not buying Purina so this adds an element of unknown too). I put the feed in the basement for the winter as I'm hoping to save it until March/April when I get my next batch of meaties.

    I understand that if I open it up in spring and it's clumpy, moldy, etc to throw it away. But let's say I open it and it seems there any degradation to the nutrients, vitamins, etc that would hinder the growth and health of the new chicks?

    I feel like I should be safe and just toss it (is there something else it's good for?) and eat the $30 or so...
  2. Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2015
    My Coop
    No clue but this would be good to know!!
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Ninety days tops from run date stamped on bag. With younger / faster growing birds the fresher the better. With Cornish cross I would prefer less than 30 days,
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2015
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    x2! Vitamins degrade over time in good storage, and I don't feed anything over two to three months old. Sorry about your chicks, but it would be better to sell or give that food away than to use it next year. Mary

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