Ace Hardware "Wild Bird Feed"

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

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    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 Songster

    Feb 9, 2007
    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 Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    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 Songster

    Jan 12, 2007
    Goshen, Indiana
    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 Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    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 Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    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.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2007
  7. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    Quote:If I have understood your situation correctly, you do not have that many 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)...
  8. Llysse

    Llysse Songster

    Mar 11, 2007
    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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