Winn Dixie Wild Bird Seed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BeckyinFl, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. BeckyinFl

    BeckyinFl In the Brooder

    May 20, 2009
    Broward County
    Is a lot cheaper than chicken feed and has no preservatives; any reason I can't use this instead of feed?

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Lots of reasons. First and foremost, chickens are omnivores, not exclusively seed eaters.
    They can eat bird seed but need much more protein than bird seed provides and preferably from animal sources.
    Vegetarian based chicken feed gets around this conundrum by adding lysine, methionine and sometimes other amino acids in synthetic form.
    Secondly, chicken nutrition has been studied ad nauseum for over a century and the specific vitamin, mineral, fats and energy needs of chickens are well known. They are provided completely in chicken feed.

    The bird seed can work as a scratch grain but still shouldn't be more than 10% of the total diet.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2017

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