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black oil sunflower seeds

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by shmeggs, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. shmeggs

    shmeggs Chirping

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    how much sunflower seed do you feed chickens to boost their protein
     
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    To be honest sunflower seed's doesn't do much of anything for boosting protein.
    In fact unless your feeding a 16% protein or less your just depleting 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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  3. Trefoil

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    Sunflower seeds (BOS) in the shell aren't that high. That said, I've got ~ 50 birds. Geese, chickens, ducks, guinea fowl, turkeys, and Peas. They get about 1.5 gallons of boss daily. I ferment along with scratch which makes up about 60% of their food. I got these figures from the about home website.
    • 28 percent fat
    • 25 percent fiber
    • 15 percent protein
    • Calcium
    • B vitamins
    • Iron
    • Vitamin E
    • Potassium
     
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  4. Trefoil

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    You beat me to it. Must have posted while I was typing.
     
  5. shmeggs

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    what is your opinion the best way to increase protein.
     
  6. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

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    I know I have not been part of this conversation but I use a bit of Calf-Manna it is high in protein. I use it with my reg. feed when they are molting. Like now. Worst molting year I have seen in a long time.
     
  7. Trefoil

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    I ferment my feed, which increases the useable amount of protein. I also add calf manna (25%) & brewers' yeast (14% but 16 of 20 amino acids and 14 minerals), small amounts of peanuts, wild bird seed, greens & fruits to birds caged.
     
  8. Chris09

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    I'v use floating fish pellets.
    It can range from 32 to 47 percent proteins depending on brand.

    I like it a lot better than Calf Manna because the fish pellet can be bought with animal proteins in it.
     

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