Black oil sunflower seed/Feeding question...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Pet Duck Boy, May 5, 2010.

  1. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    11,005
    445
    328
    Jun 1, 2009
    Ohio
    Quote: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
     
  2. Laurie's Silkies

    Laurie's Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    129
    1
    131
    Aug 1, 2009
    Montgomery, MN
    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 !!!
     
  3. PAJerry

    PAJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    155
    5
    121
    Mar 22, 2008
    Waterford, PA
    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.
     
  4. blefky

    blefky life in the yard

    878
    6
    131
    Mar 18, 2010
    stamford, ct
    Quote:Sounds like a very good idea - think I'll give that a try. Thanks!
     
  5. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote: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.
     
  6. Charming Chick

    Charming Chick New Egg

    4
    0
    7
    May 5, 2010
    Olalla, Washington
    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!!
     
  7. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    11,005
    445
    328
    Jun 1, 2009
    Ohio
    Quote: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..

    Chris
     
  8. ShannonS79

    ShannonS79 Out Of The Brooder

    39
    0
    22
    May 8, 2010
    Quote:Thanks for asking this, I was wondering too. [​IMG] 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.
     
  9. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    Quote:Sprouted flax seed is much higher in nutrients than un-sprouted too, allot higher. I feed both BOSS and Flax seed to my chickens.
     
  10. PAJerry

    PAJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    155
    5
    121
    Mar 22, 2008
    Waterford, PA
    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?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by