Wanting to feed the wild birds...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by rksamon, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. rksamon

    rksamon Hatching

    Sep 6, 2007
    We are in the process of designing a flower bed to put our bird bath and bird feeders in. We have a few chickens who can jump the fence and will get into this area. My concern is simply whether or not the different seeds in store bought wild bird seeds are okay for my chickens.
  2. talos321

    talos321 Songster

    They should be ok. I was surprised when I read the list to my wild bird seed. It was pretty close to the same mixture my cockatiel eats. I even bought 4 bags of wild bird seed that I use for scratch on the chickens.I got a deal on them 25lbs for 3.00 each.

    Ingrediants were:
    Black Sunflower Seeds
    Cracked Corn
    Millet Seeds
    Wheat Seeds
    and a listing of "Other Grains"

    It also says:
    8% Protein
    4% Fat

  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    While I love to feed the wild birds, I do so in an area far away from where my chickens are now and where they will be in their permanent coop. It's not the chickens possibly eating the wild bird seed that concerns me; it's the diseases that wild birds carry and can conceivably pass to the chickens. Just food for thought in planning your wild bird feeding area.

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