Can I feed My Chickens Birdseed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Farmgirl1000, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. Farmgirl1000

    Farmgirl1000 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello everyone,


    I was wondering if it is OK to feed my hens birdseed. My friend was saying it might be more healthy for my hens. I am concerned about the GMO "s in cracked corn and grain that I know is in "un-organic" chicken feed. Right now , I am feeding them Purina scratch, that has cracked corn and grain in it , along with Omega 3 , (Purina) Laying pellets. I know GMO grain and corn is really bad for them, (and for me too, when I eat their eggs.) Is it OK for me to feed them birdseed? I was wondering if their was a alternative , instead of the scratch I feed them now. Does anyone know of a place where I can buy Organic chicken feed, ( that is not too expensive)?



    Also, does anyone know if Purina scratch grains are GMO products?

    Thank you so much for any advice.[​IMG]



    FarmGirl
     
  2. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look up feed mills in your area. Many have organic and non GMO feeds. My local feed mill is cheap...$9 for a 50# bag of feed. They can't certify as organic without raising their prices but their feed is non gmo and pesticide free. Something to look into...
     
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  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

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  4. Farmgirl1000

    Farmgirl1000 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone! [​IMG]
     
  5. SNJchickens

    SNJchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    I, too, give mixed birdseed in winter as part of the scratch (treat) but in the summer I prefer a "cooling" grain such as rolled oats.
     
  6. TheEggCollecter

    TheEggCollecter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also give my chickens a mixture of half birdseed and cracked corn in the winter. Birdseed and corn half chemicals that produce body heat, this makes it a great winter snack. And plus they love it. [​IMG]
     
  7. Cacique500

    Cacique500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whatever the parrots don't eat at night the chickens get the next morning...and they snatch it up pretty quick!
     
  8. TheChickInn

    TheChickInn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think the birdseed would be a nice treat. I had to take my backyard birdfeeder down because my chickens were ALWAYS siting under it, eating everything the wild birds dropped. I was worried about them getting diseases. Lots of protein in some of the birdseed mixes ( especially sunflower seeds).
     
  9. icsd71

    icsd71 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have have feed mine for years bird seed as a treat. They love it. Won't do any harm.
     
  10. AlohaChickens80

    AlohaChickens80 Out Of The Brooder

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    Paradise! (aka Hawaii)
    I throw a handful or two out every morning when I let them out. They love it!
     

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