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Would you have taken this feed back?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gritsar, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Went to the co-op yesterday for chicken feed. I wanted to switch the chickens over to gamebird feed while they are molting.
    I ordered gamebird pellets, but when I took my sales slip out to the loading area, the man said all they had was crumbles. I said okay, give me crumbles.
    He loaded the bag and we left. At our next stop in town I noticed there were little black, what I call mealy bugs, climbing all over the bag.
    I insisted on taking the bag back. DH and the man at the co-op both said, what for? Just more protein.
    To me mealy bugs is not something I want in my chicken feed and can be a sign of old feed.
    Who is right?
     
  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    You are exactly right. I'll return bags simply because they have too many fines. `Extra Protein'? Try feckless quality control. If you wanted bugs you could have bought some meal worms, yes?
     
  3. fasbendera

    fasbendera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are right. Put some flour out and let the bugs get in it and ask he DH if it is OK to use? I agree that it could be old feed. I have had my own flock for 4 years and have yet to find any bugs in my feed, commercial or custom blend.
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2009
  4. anngili

    anngili Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yup, I'd return it. And ask for the supervisor if an employee gave me the "what for" comment. I don't think the feed store would want the reputation that they sell bad feed.
     
  5. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    I would return it too. You don't need to pay for a bunch of bugs, feed dust and bug poop!
     
  6. the lemon tree

    the lemon tree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eww, yes I would have returned it. Though it may be more protein, you have to ask yourself why they're feeding on it as a lot of bugs only appear when there's something foul. I don't see how all those old bug droppings could be very healthy either.
     
  7. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe it was old, which is why they told you that was all they had, so they could get rid of it??
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Definitely return it. Everything you read says not to feed food if it has bugs in it. Tell the co-op guy that he can feed it to his birds!
     
  9. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree I would of taken it back. You paid for fresh feed you should get fresh feed.
     
  10. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:Ditto.
     

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