When does food get too old?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by eggcited2, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. eggcited2

    eggcited2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2010
    I have 5 chicks coming this week (three splash marans, and two buff brahma). All is set up for them, but am wondering if I need to buy new food.

    I was going to, but husband found 3/4 of a 50 pound bag of chick food left from last year. It has been stored in our house. He thinks it would still be safe to feed the chicks. I am wondering about the age of it. When does food get too old to feed or be safe/healthy to feed?

    Since he is retired now and we are on a limited income, he would like to feed the stuff from last year and it really would help to be able to do so. We don't get much money to live on.
  2. Apyl

    Apyl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2012
    Necedah, Wi
    Check the bag for an experation date. The last bag I bought had a date on it.
  3. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2012
    If it was kept in decent conditions and doesn't have a funny smell, or any outward sign of "less than freshness" (I've lost the word...) I wouldn't worry about it. It's pretty much just dried grains, like rice and dry beans you buy at the store. It would take some sort of moisture, I imagine to make it go "bad", so if it's been kept away from that, it should be fine. :)
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I agree, I have often had a bag last 5-6 months w/o problems. No off smells or looks.
    Stored in the house is probably better too. Mine is in an open bag in the garden shed.


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