Chicken Treat /Wild Bird feeder

IMG_0579Watching the birds hang upside down on our big sunflower heads, working so hard to get at the seeds, made me wonder if chickens might like the sunflowers.  A little research showed me that they love them and they’re good for them! Tossing sunflowers heads into the pen didn’t make it easy for the girls to get at the seeds so I worked out a way to hold the stems upright so they can get to the food!

First I gathered a clay pot and a small piece of chicken wire. The chicken wire bent and folded to fit into the pot makes a perfect holder for the stems:IMG_0172 IMG_0173

Holding the stems upright makes them much easier to munch:IMG_0176

The girls were a little hesitant at first, like they are with anything new I put in the run. But, after a few minutes they started to check it out: IMG_0213 IMG_0205

Lucy was the first to check it out followed by Lily (Lacy is still the shy one…not sure when she got her courage up…I only waited a few minutes):IMG_0689 IMG_0688

While sunflower seeds are fine for treats, shell and all, they should not replace layer feed. I give a little handful once a week or so or put a few small flowers heads in the holder for them to share and they love it. Sunflowers seeds are second only to meal worms or maybe watermelon on their top treat list! Try growing some small sunflowers (like Solar Flash) and after you enjoy the flowers you’ll have a great use for the faded head full of seeds!

What treats do your girls enjoy? Please share!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  One Reply to “Chicken Treat /Wild Bird feeder”

  1. Bucky
    November 12, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Chicken treats! Too cute / great idea. On the topic — and to answer the question “What do (my) girls enjoy?”…. More a warning (from personal experience) than an answer. If your chickens eat an unhatched egg, be careful! This can turn into a very bad habit. Like many animals, mammals, snakes and birds included, chickens like eggs once they learn eggs can be a food source. If this happens, hustle off to the craft store and buy some wooden eggs and paint them white or brown, depending upon what your birds lay. Put a few in the next box and wherever the girls scratch around until they associate eggs with something hard and unpalatable. (Hollow plastic eggs usually available at Easter work well, too. Just fill them with sand or pebbles to give them some weight.)

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