Bugs in my rice bran?!

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    11-03-2011, 07:43 PM
Unhappy Bugs in my rice bran?!

There are little bugs in my rice bran? Are they bran bugs?
Has this ever happend to you?
Gosh i'm so scared, I fed this to my horses. Just realized they are all in the rice bran
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    11-03-2011, 07:47 PM
Ewwww, probably like those bugs that get into flour. I don't think they would hurt a horse's disgestive system, but I am not sure because those bugs have defecated throughout the feed. If the horse is fine, I wouldn't worry about it. Change the way you store your feed though, waste of money throwing out expensive rice bran.
    11-03-2011, 07:53 PM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
Ewwww, probably like those bugs that get into flour. I don't think they would hurt a horse's disgestive system, but I am not sure because those bugs have defecated throughout the feed. If the horse is fine, I wouldn't worry about it. Change the way you store your feed though, waste of money throwing out expensive rice bran.
I just got the rice bran, I think they were already in there when I bought it. I store my bran in a trash can with a lid.
    11-03-2011, 07:56 PM
Take it back to the store!
    11-03-2011, 07:58 PM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
Take it back to the store!

    11-03-2011, 09:16 PM
If you just bought it, take it back to the feed store. They won't hurt anything but they're not your problem.
    11-04-2011, 12:32 AM
Is that like weevels in the wheat? we love weavels on our wheat LOL

Several times I've bought flour or wheat berries with weevils. My mom says that is always has the eggs and when the conditions are right they hatch out. I've eaten them and not know till later (gross) so I don't iit would hurt your horses but whomever said its not your problem is right on they will take it back but you have to keep it cool and out of moisture to keep the eggs from sprouting, also I was told that the mills will filter the bugs and repackage the wheat to resell......
Good luck
    11-04-2011, 08:22 AM
Green Broke
That happens because the Loser Feedstore keeps the product around waaay too long instead of shipping it back to whatever company made the product.

Rice bran is guaranteed "bug free" for a year. After the second 50# bag of buggy pelleted rice bran, I turned my local Co-op in to the company they were getting the rice bran from

If the rice bran is pelleted, you can put it in a kitchen colander that is the mesh kind. Put a piece of waxpaper on a flat surface and strain the bugs & powder out of the pellets, a few pounds at a time.

If you're dealing with rice bran in powder form, you could always risk needing a bailbondsman by throwing it in the feed store manager's face after you call the company that made it

It makes me wonder what other feeds a feed store will hang onto, past the expiration date, and risk the health of some trusting horse owner.

I now buy my rice bran from Tractor Supply in the next county because they stock pelleted rice bran and the TSC in my county refuses to stock anything but the powdered kind.
    11-04-2011, 08:30 AM
Are these bugs alive or dead?

IF alive, they were likely not in the bag when you bought it.

If dead, then possibly, but you are going to have a tough time convincing the feed store or the manufacturer of that.

Because if they are alive, unless they can live in an environment without oxygen, then they weren't in the bag when you bought it because the bag/can/box is sealed and they would have suffocated eventually.

TIP: trash cans with lids are not a sealed environment and MANY insects can and do get into them. Even with the lid on, I've had ants, flies and spiders get into my trash. They crawl up under the lid. CERTAINLY, something as small as a weevil would have NO trouble getting into your can. The only thing a trash can will keep out is rodents..not insects. Your current system of storage isn't sufficient.

I also would not continue to feed my horses the infested bran. The insects themselves have not been identified and may or may not be poisonous to horses. Example: blister beetles which are found in hay ARE poisonous to horses and it doesn't take alot of them to sicken or kill your horse. PLUS, these insects are pooping in the horse feed, and their feces may have bacteria in it that may be toxic or upset the horses' delicate intestinal workings.
    11-04-2011, 09:17 AM
Green Broke
As far as my rice bran, there were some dead bugs but there also were bugs like little Mexican Jumping Beans when I opened the bag Evidently, they manage to reproduce inside the bag.

For the record, I keep the rice bran, vit/min supplements and all the herbs my metabolic horses need, in the house -- where it's temperature controlled.

The Co-Op tried reading from the "not stored properly" script and I politely told them where the bear ***** in the woods and my rice bran stays in the spare bedroom.

When I read the expiration code (it wasn't a date that I could figure out but they knew when that code had been produced) on the bag to the company that produced it, they told me that bag had expired and should have been sent back to them "six months ago".

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