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post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by prissyfarmer 

yes, very high in protien. i add it to my dairy goats feed to help boost milk production. if my chick girls need a boost i will go pick up a bag of catfish feed. it is also great for helping them get through a molt....


Black Oil Sunflower Seed is only 15 - 17 present protein.

Sunflower Seed with Hulls -
Crude Protien------16.8
Digestible Protien-13.9
Fat-------------------25.9
Fiber-----------------29.0
Nitrogen - Free----18.8
Mineral Matter-----3.1
Calcium-------------0.17
Phosphorus--------0.52

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post #12 of 29

I buy the Purina scratch grains and jazz it up with extra oats,BOSS,and wild bird seed and a little more cracked corn. Sometimes I buy some freeze dried mealworms and mix those in too. My girls absolutly love it !!!

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post #13 of 29

I sprout BOSS for my hens and they can't get enough of it. Sprouting raises the protein to 25% and cuts some of the omega-6 out. I started sprouting a wheat-BOSS mix for winter feeding supplement, but because the egg quality and production has been so good, I am going to continue year round.  It takes maybe 10 minutes a day but the benefits are great.

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post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by PAJerry 

I sprout BOSS for my hens and they can't get enough of it. Sprouting raises the protein to 25% and cuts some of the omega-6 out. I started sprouting a wheat-BOSS mix for winter feeding supplement, but because the egg quality and production has been so good, I am going to continue year round.  It takes maybe 10 minutes a day but the benefits are great.


Sounds like a very good idea - think I'll give that a try.  Thanks!

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post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by Chris09 
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Originally Posted by prissyfarmer 

yes, very high in protien. i add it to my dairy goats feed to help boost milk production. if my chick girls need a boost i will go pick up a bag of catfish feed. it is also great for helping them get through a molt....


Black Oil Sunflower Seed is only 15 - 17 present protein.

Sunflower Seed with Hulls -
Crude Protien------16.8
Digestible Protien-13.9
Fat-------------------25.9
Fiber-----------------29.0
Nitrogen - Free----18.8
Mineral Matter-----3.1
Calcium-------------0.17
Phosphorus--------0.52

Chris


Yeah but we are comparing to scratch grains, or cracked corn, which is really low at 9-12% protein....feeding BOSS at 16% with 16% layer feed doesn't dilute their protein intake like corn/scratch does.

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post #16 of 29

I've been feeding my chickens already-hulled RAW sunflower seeds as a treat, not every day but maybe every third day...   Is it really okay to feed them black oil sunflower seeds with the hull still on it??!!   I would think the hull would not digest; that maybe it was too sharp and pointy...     Thanks for the clarification!!

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post #17 of 29
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Originally Posted by Tala 
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Originally Posted by Chris09 
Quote:
Originally Posted by prissyfarmer 

yes, very high in protien. i add it to my dairy goats feed to help boost milk production. if my chick girls need a boost i will go pick up a bag of catfish feed. it is also great for helping them get through a molt....


Black Oil Sunflower Seed is only 15 - 17 present protein.

Sunflower Seed with Hulls -
Crude Protein------16.8
Digestible Protein-13.9
Fat-------------------25.9
Fiber-----------------29.0
Nitrogen - Free----18.8
Mineral Matter-----3.1
Calcium-------------0.17
Phosphorus--------0.52

Chris


Yeah but we are comparing to scratch grains, or cracked corn, which is really low at 9-12% protein....feeding BOSS at 16% with 16% layer feed doesn't dilute their protein intake like corn/scratch does.


But some people believe that BOSS is a high protein seed.
I don't know if they see the protein amount for Sunflower Seed Meal that is at around 21% - 41% protein and assume that BOSS is the same or what..

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Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


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post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by phaethona 

I'm going to the feed store today to pick up some grower/layer too, the store I go to sells various grains by the pound. I've been reading that it's not a good idea to give scratch very often and not in the warmer months because it raises body temp and it can reduce protein in their diet if given too often. So, I don't give them much and I think I'm gonna save what I have now for the winter. But I was wanting to find something else that is better for them to have as a treat(besides their usual strawberries & canteloupe which I refer to as "chicken crack") I read that sunflower seed is great for them, so I'm assuming black oil? 
never heard of BOSS, what's in it?
(sorry if it seems I'm hijacking this thread, I was just about to post the very same, you beat me to it) smile


Thanks for asking this, I was wondering too. smile We put put black sunflower seeds in our bird feeders, so I might have to let the chickens do some scratching under the feeders! Last year I was pulling sunflower seedlings like they were weeds. I think the chickens would have more fun taking care of it.

post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by PAJerry 

I sprout BOSS for my hens and they can't get enough of it. Sprouting raises the protein to 25% and cuts some of the omega-6 out. I started sprouting a wheat-BOSS mix for winter feeding supplement, but because the egg quality and production has been so good, I am going to continue year round.  It takes maybe 10 minutes a day but the benefits are great.


Sprouted flax seed is much higher in nutrients than un-sprouted too, allot higher. I feed both BOSS and Flax seed to my chickens.

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post #20 of 29

BlackBart - do you sprout the flax seed?  I tried adding it to my mix and it's pretty gooey and gross.  I have a lot of it so maybe I should try again.  Do your chickens like it?

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