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    03-30-2012, 01:04 PM
  #1
Trained
HELP, my horse ate a birdseed

I am panicked. My mare got out this a.m. (hubbies fault!), and when I finally caught up w her she was eating a jumbo bird seed block on someone property (sitting on the ground) that resembled bird seed mixed w minerals...I think it is for birds, not rabbits or something. I do not feed birds, and have next to zero experience w "wild bird diet". On the way home, she came home - after I put her up she got very hyper, not like her, at all. She only ate about 1/8 or so of the block....at least, that is what was missing when I got there.

The house that went w the block is for sale, no one is home to ask about the "make" of the bird block.

Anyone know if I should be concerned and why?
I am going to run and go watch her ... please let me know, I will check back!
     
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    03-30-2012, 01:06 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I am sure she will be fine...we feed our horses a cup of black oil sunflower seeds to our horses..
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    03-30-2012, 01:17 PM
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Showing
When my pony, Chocolate, gets out (as she does daily) the first place she goes is over to the duck's feed bowl eats what is in there and licks it clean. Aside from getting fat, she is fine.
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    03-30-2012, 01:19 PM
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Showing
If she got hyper I suspect it's because you took her away from what she saw as a delicious treat.
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    03-30-2012, 01:31 PM
  #5
Super Moderator
I had heard that some types of bird seed can be bad for a horse. I'd call the vet just to ask the question (If you have a regular vet, they don't normally charge for questions or concerns over the phone).

My horse did get out once and got into my bird feeder w/ no ill-effects.
     
    03-30-2012, 01:36 PM
  #6
Trained
Oh, thank you, thank you - all. I feel better! I saw her "get hyper" from the patio and went into panick mode, my husband went to watch her/calm her, and I search the internet for "ingredients" to no avail, and then posted here. Then ran out, she whinnied and whinnied when she saw me, still running around, then when I got to her - boom, calm. She is very insecure, I can only guess she either wanted reassurance, or "lets do that again, come on lets go!!". Not sure which.
I am still monitoring her.....she is my "baby"! I am a mother hen w her!!!

Silly people! Feed birds! Honestly!!! :)

Thank you everyone, it really helped!!
     
    03-30-2012, 01:41 PM
  #7
Trained
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
I had heard that some types of bird seed can be bad for a horse. I'd call the vet just to ask the question (If you have a regular vet, they don't normally charge for questions or concerns over the phone).

My horse did get out once and got into my bird feeder w/ no ill-effects.
I did that, too!! Thanks, for mentioning it. My vet is excellent and a friend, but he is hard to get ahold of this time of year. I left a message w the details. I am sure he will roll his eyes and go "oh, gees" at my "panick attack".
     
    03-30-2012, 01:48 PM
  #8
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Originally Posted by Missy May    
I did that, too!! Thanks, for mentioning it. My vet is excellent and a friend, but he is hard to get ahold of this time of year. I left a message w the details. I am sure he will roll his eyes and go "oh, gees" at my "panick attack".
I often leave a message for the vet or text the farrier and then jump online for a quicker response! I'm with ya!
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    03-30-2012, 01:50 PM
  #9
Weanling
I can't imagine it would be much of a problem but I wouldn't know. Hope everything is OK!
     
    03-30-2012, 08:37 PM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by MangoRoX87    
I am sure she will be fine...we feed our horses a cup of black oil sunflower seeds to our horses..
I never heard of feeding sunflower seeds what is the benefit? Thank you for the tip.
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