Bird seed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lfoose, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. lfoose

    lfoose Songster

    Oct 1, 2007
    Medina, OH
    Is there anything wrong with the chickens eating bird seed or suet?
  2. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    I see nothing wrong with feeding chickens bird seed, millet is very popular along with sunflower seeds, I have never fed my chickens suet but have heard birds like it very much, I believe it is made from the fat from beef loin and kidney?
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2007
  3. Heidi

    Heidi Songster

    Mar 18, 2007
    Northwest Michigan
    Everytime my DH fills the bird feeders he throws a huge handful of bird seed to our girls - they love it! It would be interesting to watch them eat a suet cake - I just might have to try that too.
  4. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    [​IMG] My chickens eat whatever drops from my birdfeeders........I haven't had any signs that it isn't good for them.........actually give some extra as a treat , especially in winter !
  5. lfoose

    lfoose Songster

    Oct 1, 2007
    Medina, OH
    I couldn't think of a reason why they couldn't either. Plus I was thinking the suet might help keep them warm.

    Any suggestions on a good place to buy cheap mealworms thru the mail?
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Mine love bird seed. I bought a bag for them once.

    Only two concerns.

    1. Suet, isn't that a lot of fat?
    2. Eating under bird feeders from wild birds. Parasites and such brought to your birds?
  7. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I buy 50# of wild bird seed and mix it in with my layer crumbles and rolled oat groats. My chickens love it.
  8. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    Quote:I've bought silkworms & crickets from these guys before, got here quick (within three days). They do sell mealworms and other types of crawlies.
    Chickens love silkworms and so do turkeys, btw. [​IMG]

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