Dumb Question About Sunflower Seeds . . .

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Whitewater, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. Whitewater

    Whitewater Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, maybe it's just me, but I don't get it. How do chickens eat sunflower seeds? Do they shell them first, somehow? Do they swallow them whole? Are the shells bad for them?

    I'd like to pick up some sunflower seeds for the new pullets when we go shopping tomorrow, but I can't figure out how they'd eat the seeds.

    Help?

    (And in lieu of a blushing smiley, which I really wanted to put here -- [​IMG] )


    Whitewater, feeling very newbish right now
     
  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    You'll want to get the blackoil sunflower seeds. No salted ones. They just eat them whole, and they are a good source of protein. They'll love them!
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    (BOSS) Black oil sunflower seeds are wonderful treats. They do eat the whole things. Most feed stores sell it. I started buying mine in 7 lb bags from the garden department of Lowe's, next to the hummingbird feeders and songbird seed. Then I discovered my feed store sells it in 40 # bags! MUCH more cheaply. I keep the big bag in a large Rubbermaid tub with a lid, and have a smaller container with about a week's worth of it out where I can get a big handful out of it each morning and evening.

    I attribute the beautiful, shiny feathers of my flock to their BOSS intake.
     
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Chickens eat sunflower seed whole just as with all there food and the it enters the crop where it is ground down by the grit (small bits and pieces of stones) that they eat.
    Black oil sunflower seed (BOSS) contains from 14 to 18 percent protein, 32% fat, 3 1/2% of mineral salt, but also 28 to 30% of crude indigestible fiber.


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  5. Pollo Blanco

    Pollo Blanco Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:My Lowe's has 20 and 40# sacks. Don't recall the price.
     
  6. Me & My Peeps

    Me & My Peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get mine at Agway, 50lb bag for $14......last's forever
     
  7. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Most if not all Feed Mills sell it by the pound and in 50 lb bags.
    I think it runs about $15.00 a 50 lb bag at the mill I go to....


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  8. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow- I'll have to check out Lowe's- thats a pretty good price..
     
  9. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Quote:A good feed mill will or at least should be cheaper in price on feed than a store like Lowe's or TSC.

    Chris
     
  10. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    I get mine at Tractor Supply, $14 for a 40 pound bag. I mix it with whole oats and cracked corn as my scratch mixture.
     

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