Can I use dry mashed potato flakes for birds?

Sharon Seiber
by Sharon Seiber

I have an older bag of dried potato flakes that I was wondering if I could put out for the birds? I do not want to if anyone thinks it may be harmful for them!

  6 answers
  • Seth Seth on Feb 16, 2019


    Some carbs for birds are good, but they do not provide much nutrition. I would not put out too much at one time so that the birds are not eating anything else.

  • Sandie60 Sandie60 on Feb 16, 2019

    I would be afraid of it swelling up in there stomach and causing the birds a problem.

  • DORLIS DORLIS on Feb 17, 2019

    Put them out on the ground, mice, squirrels, coons, etc will enjoy them

  • Valerie Hanson Valerie Hanson on Feb 18, 2019

    I wouldn't, they expand when they get wet, which won't happen until it gets into their stomachs. I would think that would be very dangerous to feed the birds or any animal unless you wet them first.

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    • Lori Lori on May 08, 2023

      I Googled it many ways. Apparently the flakes are cooked then dehydrated & flaked. Everything I read said cooked potatoes are fine for birds & suggested the flakes be put on the ground or mixed with seed in a feeder.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Feb 18, 2019

    I would put them in a squirrel feeder before a bird feeder. or just til them into the garden soil. The potato is great for adding potassium to the soil. They would be great to mulch for a potato garden in pots or the ground, for orange trees if you live in FL or CA, and even for plum trees. Don't be afraid to add any food stuffs to mulch for planters of veggies or flowers.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 08, 2023

    To avoid the problem of the potato flakes swelling in their tummys reconstitute them first and let them nibble on mashed potatoes just like we would eat them. (same form not flakes). They do look funny with mashed potatoes smeared all over their faces.