thanks. someone else said they plant the sunflower seeds and grow plants. I have to try that. Great idea.
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My husband picked up a bail of straw for the chickens coop ,and their covered run.this past winter.and my hens would gather around as I pulled it apart.I noticed them eating some tiny seeds in the straw.I did worry about them getting crop bound from the long pieces of straw.I went to my local tractor supply and picked up a bag of quality bird seed.I gave them a little bit and they were in chicken heaven.I have always provided them scratch during the winter months.But the bird seed had black oil sunflower seeds and AL kinds of tiny little seeds.They love it.
It is possible wild birds could bring diseases or more likely parasites to your flock. It can happen. Sometimes it even does. Having a bird feeder in your back yard will attract birds to your back yard so yes, the possibility increases. But wild birds go into my coop to eat the chicken feed. I have never had a disease or parasite problem in the many years I’ve been keeping chickens here. I realize that could change today, but it hasn’t yet.
During the winter I keep a bird feeder in my back yard where my wife can see it from her sewing room. She does enjoy watching those birds. It’s almost time to hang my hummingbird feeder. Thanks for the reminder.
Does anyone have a concern about their free ranging girls not eating enough of their food?