Okay I was just wondering how long is it possible to keep pellets and oats (including a mix with calf manna) fresh if they are frozen?
It is possible to freeze them from what I have always heard, but have never personally done that. If we were to freeze an oat mix and the pellets how long could we keep them in the freezer, and what is the chances of them developing too much moisture upon defrosting?
The reason I ask is because we found a feed store in New York that is willing to ship to an FPO (Federal Post Office) and seeing the FPO is in New York, shipping charges wouldn't be as high, because once it reaches the FPO it doesn't cost more to have them come here.
I think they have Mazuri Chin Pellets for like $12/25 pounds, however they also have Purina Advanced Nutrition for Show Rabbit Pellets for $11/50 pounds. After comparing the ingredients there isn't much difference except that the rabbit pellets do not have corn where as Mazuri has ground corn in their ingredients. We are considering the rabbit pellets for several reasons, 1) cost/shipping 2) ingredients 3) the girls aren't really taken to the Mazuri so they are currently on the pellets that we received from the breeder which are rabbit pellets.
As for the oats they have all that we want to do our own mixture however they come in such large quantities we aren't sure if it would be worth it as our 6 won't go through approx 200 pounds of crimped oats/hulled oats/calf manna any time soon
So as far as the oat mix goes we may just continue to order that through lonestar until we return to the states.
Would you suggest freezing pellets? What is a good estimation of shelf life if we didn't freeze them? (6 months?).
Thanks for your suggestions