~By Tammy Taylor~
RancherMan & I have a bird feeder in our yard in full view of the large windows from our living room. We both get so much enjoyment from watching them flitter around the feeders so we always make sure our bird feeder is filled. Back in ‘the day’ when we ran out of bird food we’d simply stroll to the big discount store & pick up the largest bag of bird food we could buy, plunk down the expensive dough required and schlep it home time & time again. But that was then, this is now and I’m here to tell ya there IS an easier (and oh-so-much CHEAPER) way! Check out today’s Homestead Hack.
These days instead of buying that expensive commercial wild bird seed, we noticed how close the mixture of seeds in the commercial wild bird seed bags looked to our regular ole chicken scratch. Although not identical in composition, our hen scratch included cracked corn, wheat, whole milo, etc. And I grow mammoth sunflowers & since RancherMan & I don’t enjoy eating sunflower seeds I also often dry them and mix them in the feed as well.
And the cost comparison? A whopping $8.69 for 20 lb bag of bird seed, but the chicken scratch was only $9.60 for a 50-lb bag at our local feed store. But saving money doesn’t help if the birds turn their ‘beaks’ up to it so we put some out to give ‘er a test run. The verdict? Will the birds eat it? YES!!
Our feeder is always heavily visited with many different varieties of birds at all times of the day including bright cardinals, spunky sparrows, dove, and many more. They all absolutely love it, and at less than 1/2 price we can keep them supplied all year long! Give it a try, your birds (and your WALLET) will love you for it!
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