Expired garden seed as scattered treats? Problem/no problem?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Lobzi, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    I received some expired vegetable and flower garden seed from Freecycle thinking it might be fun for the chickens to find it scattered in the yard when they are hunting. Does anyone think this could be a problem for them to eat?
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I don't think it would be a problem. Wild birds eat seeds all the time.
  3. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    Great!!! Thank you and that is what I thought too.[​IMG]
  4. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    A lot of seeds are treated with a fungicide. Better check first.
  5. sred98

    sred98 Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    Also some seeds/plants are poisonous. You need to check and see what they are and if they are safe for chickens before scattering! I would be really careful.

  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Prepackaged seeds, I woudn't risk it. Just not worth the risk of feeding seeds that might be coated.

    Seeds collected from my garden from last year, no problem unless its a plant that is toxic to chickens
  7. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Quote:I wouldn't just say "a lot," I'd say "nearly all."

    Steve's digits
  8. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    How can I tell if treated or if it is a poisonous plant for chickens?
  9. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Quote:I spent some time back in January trying to bring together some links to university sites for lists of poisonous plants. Perhaps that will be helpful.


    I'm not even sure that organic seed is untreated and/or safe for livestock feeding. Organic pesticides are toxic, after all.

  10. chickster88

    chickster88 In the Brooder

    Mar 27, 2008
    Oh man, with all the research involved, it just seems easiest to play it safe and skip it. Besides the possibility of fungicides or fertilizer or poisonous plant seeds, there could be dried up old mold or mildew that you can't see against the colouring of the seeds themselves.

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