Black sunflower seeds ,shelled or unshelled?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by karlamaria, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give my birds fruit and seed mixture as a treat , and the seeds are shelled already, do people give the unshelled sunflower seeds to there birds?
     
  2. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    The BOSS I feed my girls is shelled.

    Shelled or unshelled is fine. [​IMG]

    ~ Aspen
     
  3. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They eat these whole? Or do they shell them? Weird, but if it's ok I will buy the shelled ones to . Thanks
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:They eat them whole...they don't shell them.
     
  5. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    Once moistened in the crop and moved on they are quickly ground up in the gizzard shell and all... We feed ours shelled BOSS as well.
     
  6. Eggs-quisite Eggs-cursion

    Eggs-quisite Eggs-cursion Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Yes. But my chickens ignored them intially. After a few tries, they caught on.
     
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  7. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    Mine don't care either way... seeds are seeds and they love them. They will go out of their way tho, to pick out and nom on all the BOSS that have the black shell on them when my hubby mixes them up in the feeder.

    Anyway, they will eat them shelled or not, and love them almost as much as dried/live mealworms. We just big a huge massive bag of BOSS at the feed sotre in the wild bird section...we have a combo of peanuts, BOSS, and bird seeds etc that we mix. They seem to love it plain or mixed into their hot oatmeal.
     
  8. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    X 2 feed either way.... Ours get them with shell.
     

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