"Wild bird seed" for chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by EvansMeXo, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. EvansMeXo

    EvansMeXo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    im about to let my chicks out to free range but I wasnt thinking and just threw out some seeds for the wild birdies... I think the small bits are okay but can the chicks eat whole sunflower seeds?? I attached a pic of the mix
     

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  2. Chickassan

    Chickassan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep they can and will eat them won't hurt them just make them fat.:)
     
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  3. EvansMeXo

    EvansMeXo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great thanks! I was worried the shell would be bad for them
     
  4. Chickassan

    Chickassan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nah, chickens can digest an entire mouse so a seed hull is nothing. Just got to watch out for screws, plastic, trash stuff like that.
     
  5. EvansMeXo

    EvansMeXo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens eat mice!? I never would have guessed.. maybe they'll be better mousers than my lazy cats :lol:
     
  6. Chickassan

    Chickassan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens love meat! Mice, frogs, lizards even each other if somebody kicks the bucket "don't ask how I know".:)
     
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  7. Erin80

    Erin80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use wild bird seed to lure my chicks back into their coop when they're unwilling....they love it!
     
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    EvansMeXo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's good to know! It's such a great price for the size bag I get so it'll be a cheap bedtime treat for them when their old enough for the coop
     
  9. lazy gardener

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    Have you started them on grit yet? Grit is essential for proper digestion.
     
  10. EvansMeXo

    EvansMeXo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't give them grit when they go outside to free range, I'm told they'll get enough from the dirt. But when they get treats in the brooder I give them a small dish of grit
     

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