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Anyone Feed Sunflower Seeds to Chickens

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Has anyone fed sunflower seeds to chickens for Protien

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Black oil sunflower seeds, also known as "BOSS" - you betcha!  BOSS helps promote feather growth, too.  It's about 15% protein.  I usually give them BOSS as a treat once a day.  It's their second favorite treat!

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, five Toulouse geese, and four turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, some bunnies and a rescue cat which owns me. Oh. And a house silkie....

Grab some eggs & Join us! 
Great fun, Great Prizes & GREAT friends! 
5th Annual BYC Easter Hatch-a-long!

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post #3 of 27

I don't, but lots of people give their birds some BOSS (black oil sunfflower seed) I believe. Love the screen name.
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Seramas, call ducks, mandarin ducks. Pics on my fb farm page www.facebook.com/ittybittybantiebarn

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post #4 of 27

Yup, use them

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You Eat What Your Chickens Eat
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1 Ameraucana, 10 Barred Plymouth Rock, 2 Black Australorp, 1 Buff Orpington, 2 Iowa Blue, 1 Leghorn, 2 Mottled Java, 1 Rhode Island Red
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My Guess Has No Warranty "Best Methods"
You Eat What Your Chickens Eat
Maintaining U.S. Heritage Breeds
1 Ameraucana, 10 Barred Plymouth Rock, 2 Black Australorp, 1 Buff Orpington, 2 Iowa Blue, 1 Leghorn, 2 Mottled Java, 1 Rhode Island Red
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post #5 of 27
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Thank You i will try them

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Non salted that is

My Guess Has No Warranty "Best Methods"
You Eat What Your Chickens Eat
Maintaining U.S. Heritage Breeds
1 Ameraucana, 10 Barred Plymouth Rock, 2 Black Australorp, 1 Buff Orpington, 2 Iowa Blue, 1 Leghorn, 2 Mottled Java, 1 Rhode Island Red
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My Guess Has No Warranty "Best Methods"
You Eat What Your Chickens Eat
Maintaining U.S. Heritage Breeds
1 Ameraucana, 10 Barred Plymouth Rock, 2 Black Australorp, 1 Buff Orpington, 2 Iowa Blue, 1 Leghorn, 2 Mottled Java, 1 Rhode Island Red
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post #7 of 27

Definitely.  BOSS in the shell.  They love it.

Owned by two old dogs (yellow lab and a big, red, fuzzy mutt) and four chickens (Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, and two Easter Eggers)
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Owned by two old dogs (yellow lab and a big, red, fuzzy mutt) and four chickens (Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, and two Easter Eggers)
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post #8 of 27

My hens love it, it's a daily treat.   I sometimes mix in cracked corn, or meal worms, or crushed egg shell to add some variety for them.  I also have a toddler who loves to feed treats to the chickens, they already come running as soon as they see her!


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post #9 of 27

Has anyone ever had a chicken get a sunflower seed stuck in it's throat?  Is it safe to feed the sunflower seeds with the shell on?

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Originally Posted by Schumar View Post

Has anyone ever had a chicken get a sunflower seed stuck in it's throat?  Is it safe to feed the sunflower seeds with the shell on?

Yes it's safe. I have never had any of my birds get choked or have a seed stuck in it's throat.
NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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