bird seed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by theona, May 30, 2010.

  1. theona

    theona In the Brooder

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    we feed are chickens bird feed and they love it but is i good for them? should we keep feeding them it? [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. ellieroo

    ellieroo Songster

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    Found a dove and quail mix here that All my chickens view as chocolate!! [​IMG] Been feeding it for years!
     
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

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    is i good for them?

    It's just grain
    It's NOT good if that is all you're feeding them, but it's OK if fed along with a good chicken feed​
     
  4. Dar

    Dar Crowing

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    Quote:It's just grain
    It's NOT good if that is all you're feeding them, but it's OK if fed along with a good chicken feed

    [​IMG] good for a treat but they still need a balanced diet
     
  5. nancypo

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    I goive mine a handful once in a while. They love the millet and I give them some barley and rolled oats too.
     
  6. elmo

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    Bird seed is what I offer my very small bantams as "scratch" because regular scratch is too big for them.
     
  7. technodoll

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    Quote:It's just grain
    It's NOT good if that is all you're feeding them, but it's OK if fed along with a good chicken feed

    Sorry but isn't chicken feed also just grain?
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

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    Sorry but isn't chicken feed also just grain?

    Most feeds have other nutrients and minerals added to give them a balanced diet.
    Grain alone is not very high in protien.

    Most "bird seed" is only about 9%, while layer feed is around 15%

    One good use for "bird seed" is it can be planted and give them something fresh to eat.
    Just avoid the mixes that have a lot of rice or cracked corn.
    Millet and wheat are ususally the main ingredients and they are easy to grow​
     
  9. technodoll

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    Quote:Most feeds have other nutrients and minerals added to give them a balanced diet.
    Grain alone is not very high in protien.

    Most "bird seed" is only about 9%, while layer feed is around 15%

    One good use for "bird seed" is it can be planted and give them something fresh to eat.
    Just avoid the mixes that have a lot of rice or cracked corn.
    Millet and wheat are ususally the main ingredients and they are easy to grow

    ah, ok thanks - very good to know! [​IMG]
     
  10. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

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    You can get birdseed mixes tht are up to 12% or more protein. Right now I am giving my 7 week old chicks a blend of millet, niger, shelled sunflower & safflower with a 12% protein level & they love it. It is Scott's finch blend and I get it at TSC. You just have to read the ingredients & protein level on the bag.
     

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