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BOSS-what if they eat them whole?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Carrie Lynn, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Songster

    Aug 30, 2010
    S.E. Michigan
    My Bantam doesn't "get it".
    When I gave the birds the seeds tonite she gobbled them whole [​IMG]
    Will this hurt her? Now I'm worried that I'll wake up to a sick chicken.
    They do get grit, will that help her to digest them this evening?
    Think I'll smash them first next time.

  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Chickens don't crack the BOSS like songbirds. They eat them whole. As long as they have grit, they are fine. They grind it up. I give mine BOSS everyday, and I have a LOT of bantams.

    I NEVER find a whole or part of a BOSS in their poo.
  3. Ema

    Ema Songster

    Jun 4, 2010
    N. Ontario CANADA
    my chickens eat them whole as well, I don't think its an issue at all. that is what the gizzard is for crushing everything up as it goes down. I have been feeding mine boss for a while now, and no issues.
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    They are chickens not birds around your feeder. They will be fine. Anything that can eat stones can eat sunflower seeds.
  5. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Songster

    Aug 30, 2010
    S.E. Michigan
    Thanks! I am so relieved.
    Why are they so crazy about them if they can't taste them?
  6. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Songster

    Dec 12, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    Quote:From what I know, it's more of a sight and texture thing rather than taste. Chickens have a sense of taste, but it's pretty weak.

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