Bantams Eating Seeds w/Shells ???

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by CK Chickadilly, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    West Michigan
    My bantam OEGB's love the shelled sunflower seeds.

    Would the black oiled seed be to large for the bantams to handle? They are certainly cheaper than the shelled sunflower seeds!

    How about Safflower seeds, can they have those with the shell?
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2008
  2. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    I fed a mix of shelled/unshelled to my bantam girls today. They wolfed them down. I could see one of my girls cracking it open in her beak and dropping the shell out.
  3. Poohbear

    Poohbear On a Time Out

    Nov 12, 2008
    Regular Sunflower seeds or Black Oil Sunflower seeds are both good for shiny, healthy feathers when they are mixed in with your regular feed. I have always felt like black oil seeds have more oil to contribute to healthy feathers than other type seeds. Hulled or not doesn't matter if they are fed in moderation. the hull is just a filler (bulk). jmo
  4. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    West Michigan
    Thanks! [​IMG] I was concerned that the Banties wouldn't be able to crack the shells or I didn't know if they even would be able to crack the shells.

    Can they have Safflower seeds too?
  5. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    For full grown bantams they are fine. Some of my younger japs won't eat the black oil sunflower seeds. They peck them around and never manage to swallow or break one. The grown or nearly grown ones have no trouble. You can get dehulled sunflower seeds in large bags sometimes. Every now and then Farm and Fleet will have them in the bird seed section here.

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