Wild bird seed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Maidservant, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. Maidservant

    Maidservant Songster

    Feb 20, 2008
    Norwich, Norfolk, UK
    Can I mix some wild bird seed into my mix? Right now I'm using oats, a little high quality scratch (hardly any corn), milo, wheat, and alfalfa pellets. They also get yogurt once per week and free access to oyster shell. They should be laying by the end of the month. I gave them some in their feeder today, and they dove into it. I was wondering if I can use it as a small part of their main mix. Forgot to say, they get japanese beetles, mealworms, and any other "safe" bugs I can catch in the yard or garden. They also get fresh grass every other day and dried grass on occasion.

    My mix so far:
    2 1/2 parts oats
    2 parts milo
    2 parts wheat
    1 part scratch
    1/2 part alfalfa

    I would only be adding 1/2 to 1 part of wild birdseed to the mix if it's ok.

  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    My girls eat the seed that falls from the bird feeder with gusto and no ill effects. i can't speak to your mix specficially, as I am a boring old laying pellet feeder, but I'm sure wild seed would be fine as a treat.
  3. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    I fed bird seed as a treat too. They loved it! Of coarse I am the one who ended up with many, many extra sunflowers AND lots of corn coming up in my flower bed! You see I used the chicken poop and bedding out of the coop for fertilizer! Imagine my suprise when I ended up with 3 times the sunflowers I planted and corn too![​IMG]

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