Moldy bird seed: Treat or Hazard?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by paeskie, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. paeskie

    paeskie In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2011
    A neighbor had a large bag of wild bird seed get wet and then get sealed in plastic cooler. The newly discovered seed is all kinds of gross, and crawling with maggots.
    My thought is the chickens would love to pick through for those maggots. My fear is that the spoiled seed could be toxic, and the birds might or might not ingest it.
    Is it safe to give the whole mess to my chickens to go through?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    My inclination would be to toss the bird seed and not run the risk that it might cause problems.
  3. RJSorensen

    RJSorensen Chicken George

    Agreed, moldy feed is not for man nor beast. Chickens must fall in between there somewhere. The maggots would be fine, but the risk would be too high for the value of the 'good' in it. Best to place it curb side in the dumpster.

    Best to you and your birds,

  4. paeskie

    paeskie In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2011
    Thank you. 100% of replies said toss the stuff, so that's what I did. Better safe than sorry.
  5. PalmRoyal

    PalmRoyal Chirping

    Apr 28, 2013
    Lima, OH
    You can use the seed to start a maggot farm though. I would see no problem in that. You might find some examples on YouTube on how to set one up.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: