parrot bird seed OK/

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by nettleville, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. nettleville

    nettleville Hatching

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    I have a huge bag of parrot bird seed that I bought to put in my bird feeders outside. We have alot of redbirds, bluejays,etc. Can I treat my chickens with this or is there something in it that would make them sick?[​IMG]
    Thanks
    Nettleville
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I'm sure it is OK. I've given cage bird seed w/o problem. Wouldn't make it a steady diet though.

    Imp
     
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  3. sweet tweets

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    Well, my hens get the "left overs" from our parrots. The parrots are quite wasteful and what falls to the trays include plenty of whole seeds. My hens do just fine with the seed but I would make sure they have plenty of grit to break down the hulls. The hens eat the whole seed and the grit will break it down.

    And about parrot seed for wild birds - parrots have beaks designed to crack open the shells and their tongue deftly splits the seed from the hull. Most wild birds won't be able to process the harder shelled seeds in parrot food...
     
  4. chookchick

    chookchick Songster

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    I give my hens a couple of handfuls of bird seed every morning. I kick it into the wood chip in their run, and they can spend all day hunting it down. I use the shell-less mixes, that are higher protein. They love it!
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Not exactly related, but I make suet for the outside birds. It's been too hot to turn on the stove the last couple weeks, so I've bought the suet. The birds won't touch it. It's cooler now so tonight I think I'll be making suet again.
    If the wildbirds won't eat the parrot food you could try putting it into suet.

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  6. max101

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    what is suet? I am from australia do you know if we have it. Can you make it?
     

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