what about free ranging under bird feeders?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Weedchick, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. Weedchick

    Weedchick Out Of The Brooder

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    My little flock is young, I just got them in Sept. They have never been loose in the yard yet and wont be able to until spring. I was wondering about them eating spilled BOSS under the wild bird feeders. I would like to keep feeding the birds but don't want my girls getting sick. What do you all think about consolidating the feeders in one area and fencing it so the girls can't get under them?
     
  2. Ms.FuzzyButts

    Ms.FuzzyButts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2009
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    I let mine free range daily. They head for the birdfeeders at 90 MPH when I let them out.. BOSS is perfectly fine for them to eat.. It's added protein for them. So I wouldn't bother fencing or moving the feeders.
     
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Some people worry about the wild bird poop, and them getting their chickens sick. I guess it's your call. I don't worry about it. I have 2 seed feeders, 2 suet feeders and 1 squirrel feeder in the yard.
    The chickens do a nice job of keeping it tidy underneath.

    Imp
     
  4. Weedchick

    Weedchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the input! I wasn't worried about them eating BOSS because I feed it to them, I guess it was contact with the BIRD droppings that I wondered about.
     
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2010
  5. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ms.FuzzyButts :

    I let mine free range daily. They head for the birdfeeders at 90 MPH when I let them out.. BOSS is perfectly fine for them to eat.. It's added protein for them. So I wouldn't bother fencing or moving the feeders.

    Yeah, it is the only time my birds actually "fly". When I open the door they take off knowing the early bird gets the first seeds. In 25 years I've never had a problem.​
     
  6. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    Bird seed isnt all that different from scratch it will not hurt them
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I was worried about the wild birds too, but I couldn't bring myself to stop feeding them since I enjoy it so much, My chickens hang out under the feeders too. I have been putting down some DE around the feeders and I have actually seen some of the w/birds eating it.
     

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