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Birdseed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jahphotogal, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. jahphotogal

    jahphotogal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read here on BYC that Black Oil Sunflower Seed is good for chickens, but my local grocery store only offered a mixed birdseed- lots of BOSS but also millet and a few other of the usual things birdseed has. The girls seem to love it but I suddenly wondered if it's OK. Also I know not to give them "too much" treats, but how much is too much? Can I give them a helping of seed every day? (By helping - I fill an old mealworm jar about a third of the way up, and scatter that around. It takes the five of them 5 minutes at most to consume most of it, then they wander off and the squirrels eat the rest.
     
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I think that's fine. As long as it doesn't consume more than 20% of their diet.

    They LOVE millet. That's the first seed I offer chicks, as they won't choke on it. I think bird seed is probably better for them than scratch. It most likely contains far less corn.
     
  3. jahphotogal

    jahphotogal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, aoxa!
     
  4. The Hen

    The Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    My chickens LOVE LOVE LOVE bird seed. As soon as i let them out of their pen to free range they head right for under the bird feeder.
     
  5. janinepeters

    janinepeters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been mixing birdseed into scratch grains as a treat for my chickens for years. The bird seed I usually use is a finch mix, composed of mostly hulled sunflower chips, millet, and niger seed. Now in the colder months, I'm mixing in some dried mealworms, since they're not getting the worms and bugs they find during the warmer months.
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Millet is 11% protein or so, and BOSS are 16% protein. They are excellent additions to a feeding program, in moderation (or treat). I feed my chickens some every day as part of their feed mix (but I start with an unmedicated chick starter- 20% protein as the base, not a 16% layer feed).

    So as long as you don't offer too much you are good to go! I think you have it just right- girls eat for 5 minutes or less- for a treat.
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2012
  7. The Hen

    The Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Not sure why, but my everyday birds are very finicky and will only eat the bird seed in the white bag from TSC. everytime i buy other brands they hardly eat it.
     

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