How young for BOSS?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by CreamPuff, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. CreamPuff

    CreamPuff Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, I have 12 week old chicks,(I guess I should call them pullets now) are they old enough to eat Black Oil Sunflower Seeds whole yet? I'm wondering if they are too big for them to digest.
     
  2. CreamPuff

    CreamPuff Out Of The Brooder

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    anyone know?
     
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Well I have two baby chicks with mom out in the coop - and I saw mom offering them Sunflower seeds at a week old....!!
    They're two weeks old now and I have seen them eat the seeds.... shell and all.

    Don't forget they're outside with mom and are getting grit and dirt and all that other good stuff... all under the close supervision of Mom! [​IMG]

    12 weeks is PLENTY old enough!
     
  4. CreamPuff

    CreamPuff Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the reply! I guess I am just over protective, these are my first babies!!![​IMG]
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Yup, I agree. They are old enough, but you just want to make sure they have access to grit to grind it up for digestion. They will probably look at it funny at first, but they'll learn to love snacks before long.

    Jody
     
  6. sBrickmanHouse

    sBrickmanHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours are 16 weeks now, but we were scattering BOSS in their run at 12 weeks, with no problem at all.

    In fact, the whole process was, and is, a smash hit! We make sure to scatter a few handfuls far and wide, and the girls spend hours finding every last morsel. It's a great treat-- keeps them healthy AND occupied.
     
  7. S0rcy

    S0rcy Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 6 week olds that I give snacks of the goat grain mix to, they love it. It has whole oats, BOSS, and cracked corn. I scatter it in the grass and they spend their day looking around for it. [​IMG]
     

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