There seems to be little information available on which wild birds will eat dry dog food. However, I suspect the list of birds that dine on dry dog food is longer than we may realize. The problem is few people have experimented offering this food to their feathered neighbors.
I have rarely intentionally fed dog food to birds. However, on a number of occasions I have seen American crows and common grackles toting off chunks of dog food left behind by our family dogs. In some cases, the birds carried the food to a nearby birdbath where they thoroughly doused the chunks of food in water before trying to eat them.
Others have reported house sparrows, dark-eyed juncos, common ground doves, eastern bluebirds, blue jays, and European starlings will eat dry dog food.
I honestly believe if dry dog food were offered more often in feeders, the list of birds known to eat this unusual food offering would be considerably longer.
When you think about it, there is no reason why dry dog food should not be popular with wild birds. Major brands of dog food contain protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. In fact, some dog foods are probably more nutritionally balanced than some of the food they typically consume.
Why don’t you join me in this mini experiment? Perhaps we will learn something about the merits of feeding dry dog food to birds.