Universal blend nutirent rich food for small birds, ok for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by foxypoproxy, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. foxypoproxy

    foxypoproxy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2011
    Madison, CT
    Normally i give my chickens wild bird feed as a snack but i couldn't get any this time.
    So i got them some " Universal Blend Nutrient rich food for small birds like canary's, parakeets, etc.)
    They seem to really like it as a treat and it says that its good for plumage and health.
    This would be ok to feed to chickens as a treat right? Its for small birds so i don't know how it could be dangerous, but i thought i'd still ask.
  2. Mskayladog

    Mskayladog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Did you feed int?
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I would bet it doesn't have enough protein for chickens. They need a minimum of 16 % protein. For instance, scratch grains which is for chickens as a treat only has about 8 or 9% protein. Really they don't require anything but layer feed or flock raiser for a complete diet.
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    "it says that its good for plumage and health."

    I'd say that too if I were trying to sell it to you.
    What matters is the nutrition label.
    It's probably about half the protein a chicken needs

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