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Can chickens eat wild bird seed. Like, sunflower in the shell? And is so, do the eat the whole thing or will the take it out of the shell? Just curious..
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Yes.  They especially love black oil sunflower seeds, which they can shell for themselves just fine.  It may take a few tries for them to get used to this scary new thing, though, haha!

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They eat the whole thing, at least all the chickens I've seen do.

 

Sunflower seed is very nutritious. Lots of vitamins. With the hull on it is about 12% protein, Hulled it is about 18% protein.

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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Of course they can :D!

I love Australian football and I obviously go for Collingwood! And don't really like soccer!
I hate caged chickens! And love Australia even though I'm moving to Bali but that doesn't matter because I'll teach them Aussie rules football!

Please watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4fXhRwcyAM
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I love Australian football and I obviously go for Collingwood! And don't really like soccer!
I hate caged chickens! And love Australia even though I'm moving to Bali but that doesn't matter because I'll teach them Aussie rules football!

Please watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4fXhRwcyAM
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post #5 of 8

Our girls LOVE sunflower seeds! They are a good healthy treat, full of protein. Our girls eat the entire thing, shell & all.

 

If you would like to know what other things are good treats for your birds, check out this chart:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens

 

Sometimes you'll see a reference to BOSS in a post, that stands for black oil sunflower seed. 

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Calling all home bakers...come join us! post #1

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I like the how the shell of sunflower seeds (BOSS) affects the feces of birds otherwise fed chicken feed. When diet is about 10% BOSS the turds become easier to clean up.

Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

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Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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Awesome!! Thanks everyone!
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Can my 8-9 week old chicks eat in-she'll sunflower seeds.
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