Question about Sprouting Wild Bird Seed.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sunny & the 5 egg layers, May 19, 2013.

  1. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011
    I am planning on sprouting some wild bird seed for my chickens. The bird seed is from a brand called Wagners and contains white millet, milo, cracked corn, black oil sunflower seeds, striped sunflower seeds, peanut kernels, nyjer seed, and safflower seed.

    My concern is that I just read about milo not being good for human consumption. I won't directly be eating the sprouts myself, but my chickens will and I do eat my hens eggs.

    Are milo sprouts harmful to birds, and will it still be safe to eat their eggs?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I don't think it would be a problem but I wouldn't use that mix because the cracked corn and peanut kernels won't sprout. I've also found that the chickens don't like safflower sprouts.
    I think it is because they're bitter, which is why cardinals are about the only birds that like them.
    I would find a mix with whole seeds or buy individual seeds and mix them.
    Most seeds have different sprouting rates so it might be better to sprout them separately.

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