Birdseed??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by doubleatraining, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. doubleatraining

    doubleatraining Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My wild birds tend to spill a lot of birdseed out of the feeder and aren't as good as I would like about cleaning it up. If I move the chicken tractor under the bird feeders once a week or so will they clean it up? Will it be ok for them??
     
  2. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been feeding mine bird seed since they were 5 weeks old and they are now 14 weeks old. They love it and it hasn't killed them yet. Consensus here seems to be that black oil sunflower seeds, in particular, are very good for them.
     
  3. doubleatraining

    doubleatraining Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok great! Thanks for the information, I don't think the wild birds miss the BOSS but they drop a lot of the other stuff. I just hate seeing it go to waste and don't want it to attract mice.
     
  4. Lil'ChickFarm

    Lil'ChickFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sprout bird seed for my conures, so I give some to my chickens too. They have been eating it since they were just three weeks old and all is well. They love it. It is a treat to them.
     
  5. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keep in mind wild birds carry things you might not want to have around your chickens, like mites. I try to discourage them from getting close to my girls.
     
  6. Pam_x

    Pam_x Out Of The Brooder

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    hmmm this is interesting thread has i feed the wild birds and my chickens love to eat up what the birds waste but i never thought about them catching lice etc off the wild birds...but i do dust my chickens often for that..
    luv
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  7. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    We had chickens in the yard and when the birds kick/waste feed it goes on the ground and the chickens gobble it up.

    ~ Aspen
     
  8. Reaper

    Reaper Out Of The Brooder

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    My birds free range alot and they tend to migrate over to the wild bird feeder they love it. Like you said I hate seeing the food get wasted so I let mine eat it up.
     
  9. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    Quote:That would be my concern, too. The more direct exposure chickens have to wild birds, the more the chance that they'll be exposed/pick up and unwanted parasite/disease. Not sure how prevalent such incidences are, though.
     

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