Wild bird seed for chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Craftyfarmgirl, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. Craftyfarmgirl

    Craftyfarmgirl New Egg

    Jan 20, 2012
    Is it ok to give your chickens wild bird seed as a daily treat? It has the same ingredients as my scratch grain but it also has white millet, wheat &the black oil sunflower.
  2. KBlue

    KBlue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2011
    Katy, TX
    I don't see why not. As long as it is not their only source of food, a daily treat shouldn't hurt them.
  3. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    My chickens love it. I feed them wild bird feed every day as part of there diet. It is really good for them. I think if they could wag there tails for it, they would!!
  4. Craftyfarmgirl

    Craftyfarmgirl New Egg

    Jan 20, 2012
    @ kidcody- Lol about the if they could wag their tail for it! Thank you both for the feedback!
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If you are interested, see my BYC page for what I feed. It includes millet, wheat, and BOSS.
  6. trailchick

    trailchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    My older (2 yr olds) hens will come to the wild bird station to find the seed
    put out for the flying transients!!!! But that is because they "know" it is

    It is not a preferred diet for egg layers, but don't tell them that!
    The protein level is not high enough for great egg production.
    My wild bird seed is ±10%
    Black oil seed = ±16% (served straight) but they do love it.
    Layer crumble = 21% (I get the meat maker, so it's not a layer)
    Dry Cat food = 30%

    I give the free rangers a bit of all of the above for my peas,
    since they require a higher protein content. The chickens are adept
    at finding what is put out in different places....
    There are just no bugs for the birds right now,
    so I figure all could use what they find....
  7. i rescue chickens

    i rescue chickens New Egg

    Jan 6, 2012
    yes,my ladies are very happy to have Wild Bird feed for treat
  8. ChicksN Coffee

    ChicksN Coffee Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 1, 2015
    Raton, NM
    Of course only as a treat. They rush to the bag as soon as they hear it. Just like the meal worms. Lol [​IMG]
  9. littlethorn

    littlethorn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2009
    Northern California
    Of course! The ingredients aren't really any different than in any other scratch. I use it for my tiny bantams because they are too small to eat the regular scratch for a treat. Like everyone else said though, I would not use it as their only source of food.

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