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Black oiled sunflower seeds?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by LoneCowboy, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Do black oiled sunflower seeds need to be shelled for the chickens, or can they deal with them in their shells? I think my girls need some protein so I thought I'd get them some.
     
  2. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Either way is fine.
     
  3. thechickenfarmer

    thechickenfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens gobble them up right in the shell [​IMG]
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I feed them as a treat...they gobble them up shell and all.
     
  5. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    I guess I have lazy butt girls cuz they don't seem to be interested. :mad:
     
  6. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    I mix mine in with the scratch grains. they seem to prefer the corn, but once they get the sunflower seeds they will eat those too.
     
  7. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    Mine eat them like they are the best thing in the whole world...shell and all.
     
  8. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine LOVE LOVE LOVE them either way - with or without shell....
    JJ
     
  9. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    With the oily shell is best for hens. It keeps their reproductive tract lubed, so to speak. Great treat!

    Jody
     
  10. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    May I ask how black oil sunflower seeds lubricates the reproductive track?
     

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