Birdseed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Becky_H, May 16, 2009.

  1. Becky_H

    Becky_H Chillin' With My Peeps

    My budgie died today and that leaves me with a good old 2 liter sized container of organic seed mix. Can the chickens have it?
     
  2. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    i give mine bird seed, i spread it around the yard when i let them out so they have something to scratch around for. i think it's safe, i've never had any problems with it.
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    It's fine. They'll enjoy it as a treat.
     
  4. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    Parakeet seed has a lot of milet if I remember correctly (have had them in years). I'm sure your hens would love it. I often give ours a treat of wild bird seed - again, a lot of millet.
     
  5. fcoop

    fcoop Out Of The Brooder

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    stupid question, whats wrong with millet?
    i dont even know what it is...
     
  6. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    nothin's wrong with millet, they like it [​IMG]

    fed as a sole ration would be bad, but they will eat it and it won't hurt them. just give it to them with their feed or sprinkle it on the ground when they free-range. some of the seeds will potentially grow into plants, so you might want to be careful as of where you spread them. as for me, i don't have a lawn, i gotta natural yard [​IMG] grass, fireweed, wild parsley, dandelions, everything. we don't mow it or cut anything, we just make a trail to the chicken coop [​IMG]
     
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  7. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    Quote:Millet is fine for them to eat. I didn't mean to imply it was a problem. It's about 15% protein and they do like it. Although as KattyKillFish mentioned, it should not be their only feed.

    These photos may help.
    Millet seed:

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    Millet growing in the field:

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    edit: fix images
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2009
  8. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
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  9. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    heck even I eat the millet! i'll get a bag for my parakeet and take a handful. mmmmmm! [​IMG]
     
  10. fcoop

    fcoop Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, just wanted to make sure... i am trying to give them a mix of feeds... but there staple is the 8-16 week feed that i got from the stock feed shop...
     

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