Ace Hardware "Wild Bird Feed"

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Nifty-Chicken, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Hey Kids!

    I usually buy scratch grains for my girls. Since I'm in the city it costs about $9.00 for a 50 lb. bag. Ace Hardware had a 20% off sale and I saw wild bird feed for $2.50 for a 20 lb bag. Well, I bought one to try out for my girls since I thought they would like the diversity.

    I only use scratch as a treat, so if I only use this wild bird feed as a treat is it as good, better, or worse than regular old scratch?
     
  2. prariechiken

    prariechiken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think it would be alright as long as scratch is just a treat anyways. I'd just double check the ingredients to make sure you don't see anything your unsure of. I know totally changing their feed can cause stress to a flock, but as atreat, the only problem I can see is the need for quite a large birdbath when they start "songbirding" around the yard...[​IMG]
     
  3. Foghorn

    Foghorn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That brings up a thought. A question actually. What about chickens eating the fall off from bird feeders in yard? I am sure once mine find them they will surely eat whats there. Should I be concerned? I feed mostly unshelled sunflower, thistle, mixed, and suets.
     
  4. Carole AM

    Carole AM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dunno, either. A lady I got some birds from once told me thats what she supplements with. It can't hurt! And if your birds are PIGS [​IMG] like mine, every little bit helps!
     
  5. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    There is nothing in the wild bird seed mixes that will harm a chicken. If the ground is moist enough and it starts to sprout they will enjoy it even more.
     
  6. thechickenfarmer

    thechickenfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens make a bee-line to the spot under the bird feeder to eat anything thing that's fallen. They love it. [​IMG]


    Another good thing to keep on hand is those blocks of black oil sunflower seeds. I keep them in the coop for really bad weather days, it gives them something to do and takes at least a day for them to pick it apart.
     
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  7. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    Quote:If I have understood your situation correctly, you do not have that many birds...it certainly is not wise to buy a 50 lb bag of scratch!!! A rule of thumb is that what ever bag you open should be gone within three weeks of opening it...that or you are going to have to have a very stable type of storage for you feed...(here is an EXCELLENT article on mycotoxins and feed storage)...
    http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/disaster/drought/dro-29.html
     
  8. Llysse

    Llysse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't remember where I saw it, but I read about someone's feed recipe using a portion of wild bird seed, among other things. My only concern with the birds picking under the bird feeder is that they would pick something up, illness-wise, from the wild birds, since obviously there is going to be wild bird doo under there, too.
     

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