wild bird food, harmful??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by klf73, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    I have a lot of wil bird food dh got in the spring to feed the birds. We got mostly squrrels making a mess so we stopped filling the feeders. I wanted to just dump the rest in the woods, but wasn't sure if my 14 wo found it would it be harmful. There are sunflower seeds and a small bird mix. Anyone have any info?
    Krista
     
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    My birds peck at it when it falls under the feeder.
     
  3. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    I'm just worried that if they find a PILE, will it be harmful

    thanks for the response [​IMG]
     
  4. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    If it was under a feeder like mine do they would be susceptible to germs and mites. I am trying to keep mine away from the feeders. I think bird seed is like scratch? Others might know better.
     
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    will they choke on the whole sunflower seeds(with the shell)..i was thinking of giving my chickens some also..Wendy
     
  6. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I read on here that people give them the whole sunflower seed (with shell on). Mine gobble it all down. Heck, They take big chunks of bagels and swallow it whole.
     
  7. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    lol..okay..just wanted to make sure....i had a dumb chicken choke once on a carrot top..[​IMG]..thanks for the help, Wendy
     
  8. utahmethodist

    utahmethodist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use wild bird seed with whole sunflowers instead of scratch as a sure-fire way to lure them back into the coop after free-ranging. No problems to report.
     
  9. ava

    ava Out Of The Brooder

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    my silky hen just loves popcorn freshly cracked in a coffee grinder every morning. its cheap too and a time tested happy:) chicken food

    how do you get rid of mites? I got my hen from a shelter about a month ago where there were a lot of others and I see small long thin reddish somethings crawling through her down. She preens herself a lot and takes dirt baths probabaly to get rid of them but I'd like to help her along- particularly as she likes to be petted and I don't relish getting them on me. What are they? I also thought I saw a microscopic tick- is that possible- and could it be dangerous to me? She came from an area rife with Lyme disease. Thank You![​IMG]
     
  10. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

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    There was a stray hen for awhile that ate at my feeder. The seed came out just like it went in so i don't think they will get much from it. Jean
     

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