chicken feed in bird feeders?
Posted 09 October 2012 - 06:56 AM
Thanks in advance for any information or opinions.
Posted 09 October 2012 - 07:37 PM
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 07:45 PM
You can certainly put out scratch or cracked corn but I would not put out the pellets or crumbles as they have particular vitamins and some have hormones for layers that would not be beneficial to backyard birds. If you mix it with the seeds you currently buy they should last longer for sure. Be sure your corn or scratch is high quality as some of the lower quality for deer or cattle that can contain aflatoxins. Corn that contains higher amounts of aflatoxin is sold as deer corn. It might kill birds that eat it.
And corn is a nice high calorie meal to fatten them up for the winter. :-)
Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:01 PM
i call around and see who has the best price when i need it. this week it happened to be the walmart super store. they are basically a mix of grains with cracked corn and wheat and milo. i get a large variety of birds that eat it including doves and blackbirds and finches and woodpeckers and grosbeaks and a few pest birds like grackles or crows or ravens. it does attract squirrels or chipmonks also. i feed off several stumps or platform feeder or hopper feeder and even in a tube feeder and in muddy or snowy weather have an alumanom
bakeing sheet one the ground or the back porch. it has went up in price this year but stiil a lot cheaper than most bird seed mixes. the layer mix or chick starter do have added ingredients and or suppliments but the plain hen scratch is just mixed grains and that is what i get
Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:06 PM
Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:32 PM
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 07:48 AM
I feed chicken scratch to the ducks and coots at my local lake, I meaning my three year old.
Awww. You're starting him/her off right!
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