Weevils In Chick Starter, Feed Or Toss??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by newchickens2009, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. newchickens2009

    newchickens2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I Have 6-6 Week Old Chicks That I Have Been Feeding Starter. Just Noticed Tonight That There Are Weevils In The Bag Of Food. Is It All Right To Continue To Feed Them This, (has Chickens Do Eat Bugs And Worms) Or Should I Throw It Away? (maybe My Pigs Could Have A Feast??)
     
  2. rufus

    rufus Overrun With Chickens

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    Feed it; chickens love bugs.

    People however, are turned off by weevils. If you get weevils in corn meal or flour, just put it into the freezer. They don't survive that. Sift it when you go to use it; some people have problems with bugs.

    To keep weevils out of stored pasta, flour or corn meal, just put several sticks of spearmint or double mint gum in it. This keeps them out, and the kids can chew the gum when you are done with it.

    Rufus
     
  3. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Rufus, you're so cool!
    I always learn from you......
     
  4. Dandy Acres

    Dandy Acres Out Of The Brooder

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    I have to admit that I have eaten food with weevils in it. I put bay leaves in my flour now to keep them away.
     
  5. newchickens2009

    newchickens2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I DIDN'T THINK IT WOULD HURT BUT JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH RUFUS:thumbsup
     
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Is the feed old? If you just bought it infested I would probably return it.

    If you've had it sitting around a while I would be worried that some of the nutrients have "leaked" out over time and/or been consumed by the bugs. I would buy a fresh bag and mix it at least, because chicks can't afford to not get all the nutrients.

    For my adults, if theirs got bugs....well chickens eat bugs anyway. They aren't growing like chicks do.
    I keep my feed in an airtight pet food container, so it *shouldn't* get infested after I bring it home (but it could come in with eggs or bugs already in it).

    I freeze the human grains and store them in plastic or glass (not plastic bags/paper boxes) to prevent infestations.
     
  7. newchickens2009

    newchickens2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I Bought It 6 Weeks Ago When The Chicks First Hatched. It Is A 50lb Bag Has That's All There Is Avaiable Here So There Is More Than Half A Bag Left. Never Seen Weevils Before Today So I Think That They Must Have Just Hatched?
     
  8. newchickens2009

    newchickens2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I Only Saw A Few When I Scouped Some Out. It Is Not Over Run With Them.
     
  9. RickiHupp

    RickiHupp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol you use capital letters for every word [​IMG]

    Sorry not at all on subject...I just noticed it [​IMG]
     
  10. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:It will be if they reproduce.

    Be careful. You don't want them spreading over into any other types of feed, or in your house.

    If I were you, I would be 100% sure that any other grain product you own was in an airtight/bugtight container or in the freezer.

    It's MUCH easier to prevent an infestation than try to get rid of one.
     

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