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wild bird food as a treat?

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I know it wouldn't substitute for chicken feed, but can chickens eat wild bird food as a treat? It seems like it would be nutritious, with all those different seeds and grains...

post #2 of 15

Mine love it.  I always throw a handful into the run when I am filling my bird feeder.  They know the sound when I take the lid off the bird seed container and come charging to the fence.  Silly girls

post #3 of 15

i have been mixing the chicken feed with wild bird seed since i got mine they love it.... kinda makes me feel bad for them to eat the same stuff everyday.smile

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post #4 of 15

My chickens run directly to the wild bird feeder every morning when I let them out of the coop. They love cleaning up everything the wild birds drop including the nijer seed I feed to the finches.

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post #5 of 15

I feed wild bird seed for a treat.  I keep it in an old fish food cylinder made of plastic.   When I pick it up and shake it even a tiny bit, ALL my silkies (7) line up at the opening and look up expectantly.  It almost looks like a line of preschoolers just before storytime. TOOOOOO FUNNY!  Then when I sprinkle it on the floor, there's a feeding frenzy that would scare a shark to death!  I just love watching them!

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      May your hens be fat and happy,
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post #6 of 15

Every morning mine use to run strait to the bird feeder. Unfortunatly the bird feeder was in my neighbors yard so now I have to keep them penned up hu


Edited by The Tinman - 9/16/10 at 1:21pm
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Originally Posted by The Tinman 

Every morning mine use to run strait to the bird feeder. Unfortunatly the bird feeder was in my neighbors yard so now I have to keep them penned up hu


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post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

Okay, great! I'm looking forward to trying it. It is so much fun to watch them run after treats. smile

post #9 of 15

I use it as scratch. When I clean the barn in the morning, I throw a scoop of birdseed mixed with feed pellets out into their run. They dash out of the barn to get it, which leaves me with a chicken-free barn that I can clean without chickens getting in the way. smile

Since I have lots of bantams, I get birdseed that has either really tiny sunflower seeds or hulled regular size ones, since bantams have a hard time with the big seeds and tough shells. My local supermarket sells a cheap but nutritious blended seed with tiny sunflower seeds, wheat, milo, corn and millet. It even has pulverized calcium carbonate (good for laying hens).

post #10 of 15

It seems like it would be nutritious, with all those different seeds and grains


It's only about 8% protein.
It's big advantage is it's cheap most of the time, but it's nothing special nutritionally


Edited by Bear Foot Farm - 9/16/10 at 8:56pm
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