BOSS - Shelled or unshelled? Other ??s

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gritsar, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    How much? How often?

    Yes I could do a search, but I'm feeling lazy tonight so please humor me.

    I'm looking for ways to up the girl's protein intake since some of them are doing the whole mini-moult thing.
    Thanks!
     
  2. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

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    I didn't know you could get it with the shells OFF!!!! [​IMG] I really hope I have been doing the right thing cause my sweeties LOVE it but I sure don't want to hurt them!!!
     
  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    I only buy and feed the shelled/hulled Black Oil sunflower seeds for our flock. Never had a problem with them or should I say that the girls don't have a problem with them being in the shell. [​IMG]


    Dawn
     
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  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    uuh ohh!..i have been giving them the seeds with the shells on!..[​IMG]....is that okay?..
     
  5. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

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    I would imagine that they take the shells off like the rest of bird-dom, no????
     
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:not mine..they eat shell and all....
     
  7. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    I mix BOSS as part of my scratch mix, and they dive for them first thing. They have shells on and I havent seen any problems at all.
     
  8. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

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    Interesting...every once in awhile I find my chickens below the songbird feeder. I'll have to watch what they do with the whole seeds. I just assumed they would shell them.... odd!
     
  9. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Quote:Yep, it's okay! [​IMG]

    I sure don't sit out there and take the shells off the seeds for ours girls. They eat the whole thing. I'm guessing that the grit in their crops makes easy work of the shells.

    I throw out several handfuls, every other day or every few days. Sometimes I throw a handful into the coop litter and let the gang stir up the litter themselves...especially if it's cold and or raining.


    Dawn
     
  10. aiwetir

    aiwetir Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my girls eat the leftover shells from the wild bird feeders [​IMG]


    they come flying out of the coop first thing in the morning and then look around and the go flying right over the the spent shells once they remember they are there.
     
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