Pellets’ use-by dates
QWe’ve only recently noticed the ‘use-by’ dates on our bags of layer’s pellets. Surely, unlike meat for human consumption, it can’t go off and become dangerous to eat so what is the point of these dates?
AJeremy Hobson says: Compound poultry feeds are carefully formulated and contain beneficial additives such as vitamins (and in some cases – chick crumbs, for example – may also have had medication added to prevent problems with coccidiosis). They do, therefore, have a shelf-life. If, as you should, you keep your chicken feed in a vermin-proof lidded container in a cool dry place, never be tempted into emptying a new bag of pellets or mash onto some that still remains in the bottom. Finish one lot completely before opening the other. If you’ve only a few chickens, whilst a 20kg bag might be cheaper to buy, it will almost certainly last well beyond its use-by date so it’s far better to buy those of say, 5kg in weight in order to ensure that the contents are fed before they become stale.