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    07-19-2012, 01:33 PM
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Foal
Question Little white bugs..?

About 2 days ago, my mom and I got 2 bags of grain from the store. We've been feeding this brand to our horses for about a year now -but a day after getting this grain, I noticed these weird little bugs crawling on the lid,and sides of the grain bin. At first I dind't think anything of it, wiped them off, and carried on with what I was doing-but they're back.

They are very small and could be mistaken for dust or something until you look at them closer. They are a white-ish clear color and there are LOTS of them. I'm worried these bugs are bad for the horses because I think they're IN the grain that we bought. In a way, they almost look like aphids..but you really doubt they are.

Any tips or suggestions are welcomed!
     
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    07-19-2012, 01:50 PM
  #2
Green Broke
You're talking "lids and sides of grain bin", so that means the grain is already out of the bags and into the bin.

It is always possible the bugs were hatching inside the bin before you dumped the grain

Hopefully you still have the bags, dig them out of the garbage and look not only for bugs inside the bag but for an expiration date.

There will most likely be bugs in the empty bag if they originated in the bags.

Sadly, if any sort of horse feed sits around long enough (even rice bran) bugs are going to hatch and sometimes they hatch in large numbers.

If you do consistent busines with the store you bought the grain from, I would take it back in New York City Minute. Others will disagree and say horses eat stuff like that all the time. True but, I'm not intentionally handing my horses a scoop full of grain with bugs crawling in it.

The other thing you can do, if taking the feed back is impossible, is to buy a mesh food strainer.

Put a couple cups of feed at a time into the strainer while it's sitting over wax paper, newspaper, anything you can throw out.

If the bugs are smaller than the feed, they will drop thru the mesh of the strainer and your feed should stay inside the strainer for the most part.

Lesson-learned is don't trust the feed dealer - check the expiration date on the bags before you buy them. Even if it's close to expiring but hasn't yet? Horse feed is generally "fresh" for six months to a year before the expiration; an almost ready to expire date means they have had the feed sitting around for at least 6 months to a year.

I learned all that the hard way and by calling the company who's feed it happened to be, instead of the feed store

Another good example of stores keeping outdated products on the shelf:

I recently had a store try to sell me the pre-probitioc Succeed at half price (half was $45) because it was dated April, 2011 At least he didn't lie over the phone.

I called the company. They said being that far out-dated would not hurt my horse at all BUT the product's efficacy had weakened. Since my horse has already colicked four times and has hind gut ulcers, I chose to order fresh Succeed at $90 for a month's supply.

Point-being, I am saying No, No, and NO, don't feed that bug-infested stuff to your horses; if you can't take it back and can't afford to dump it, the strainer might work.
     
    07-19-2012, 01:57 PM
  #3
Foal
Should I actually Wash it grain or something before feeding it to my horses?

And yes, it's already out of the bags. The bugs are usually on the lid,and sides of the bin where the grain is stored. I pulled out the buckets that I feed the horses with..just in case.

I don't think the grain was expired either, you know how it gives off that 'fresh' type of smell and doesn't feel dry or hard? It was like that (and still is) except for the bugs.
     
    07-19-2012, 02:07 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Baylee    
should I actually Wash it grain or something before feeding it to my horses?Don't wash it, put it in a mesh strainer and shake the bugs down thru the strainer onto something you can throw away.

And yes, it's already out of the bags. The bugs are usually on the lid,and sides of the bin where the grain is stored.Is this the first time this has happened? You're going to also have to scrub the grain bin out because now they've infested the bin and will infest any new feed that goes in there. Use water and clorox. The residuals of a couple lid capfuls of clorox aren't going to kill a horse.

You could also buy garbage cans and keep the feed in them for awhile.

I pulled out the buckets that I feed the horses with..just in case.

I don't think the grain was expired either, you know how it gives off that 'fresh' type of smell and doesn't feel dry or hard? It was like that (and still is) except for the bugs.
It's always possible the bugs were already in the bin from older grain and you didn't see them.

The bags got thrown out already? Did the garbag man pick them up and they're long gone or are they still hanging out in the dumpster?

I would dumpster dive for those bags, no kidding, if they're still on the property, take all that grain out, disinfect the bins and start over again, if you can squeak the extra money out of your checkbook
     

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