Where to buy fresh feed? (SE WI)

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Thyme4Chickens, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. Thyme4Chickens

    Thyme4Chickens Songster

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    So I naively thought I could just go to the feed store and buy fresh feed... apparently I can't. Of the two closest stores to me neither has anything newer than Dec '17. Those are dedicated feed stores (one told me it would be physically impossible to get 2wk old feed). I haven't checked the mill dates at Fleet Farm or Tractor Supply yet.

    And our chicks are arriving tomorrow (I regret not checking out the feed situation weeks ago!!!)

    Anyone in the Milwaukee/West Bend/ Sheboygan area: do you know of a good store?
     
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    I buy all my feeds at fleet farm. Birds do well on it and I have never had a problem. I buy the sprout non medicated starter for chicks and my flock gets their All Flock.
     
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  3. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

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    Hi neighbor! I am in Kewaskum near Westbend. I get my food from Fleet and Farm and Kettle Moraine Town and country.
     
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  4. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

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    That’s what I get.
     
  5. Thyme4Chickens

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    Thank you so much!
     
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  6. MadisonOde

    MadisonOde Chirping

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    I would check at your closest feed mill. We get all of our organic feed from Cashton Farm Supply (which i know is really far for you) for like $15 and it's a 50 lb bag. It's super fresh.
     
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  7. Thyme4Chickens

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    It was the local feed mill that told it would be impossible to get feed that is 2wks old, and that feed is fine for a year or more. They apparently don't mill their own chicken feed!!!!!!!!

    Your mill sounds awesome!
     
  8. Thyme4Chickens

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    My husband made the trip out to Fleet Farm for the Sprout Starter - mill date was Feb of this year (they had just put out a new pallet). He went ahead and purchased it as our chicks are arriving tomorrow.

    So better than the other options, but I'd still like to find fresher feed!
     
  9. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    I buy from TSC, which has fresh feed most of the time (Flock Raiser). There are actually three TSC's and two Family Farm & Home stores within driving distance of my home, so it can be inconvenient, but one of them will have fresh. I have also seen feed dated over six months old at all these stores, but not what I'm buying.
    My local feed mills have not produced anything that worked for my flock.
    It can be frustrating, and take more time and gas, to find the fresh stuff, but it's necessary, IMO.
    You may need to buy something other than your first choice of feed, to get fresh. Around here, the organic chick starter tends to be really old at the feed stores!
    Mary
     
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  10. paintedChix

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    Never thought to check mill dates before.

    Have you thought about ordering your feed on line from a company? Or going with a neighbor/local (s) to get a whole pallet of feed at one time - either from online or from a local source that would bring it in for you? I know that if you can bring in a whole pallet at a time, our feed stores (including the different TSCs) will make an effort to order it for you. You would have to then use enough to keep it "fresh"...
     
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