Safflower Seeds in Chicken Feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by RioLindoAz, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    Do safflower seeds have a sufficient amount of protein for growing chickens? I want to mix them in with a cheap low protein mash in an effort to save some $$$.
    Would you recommend this or should they only be used as treats?




    Thanks
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    When I googled it awhile ago I found 15% protein, but you can look at my BYC page for a link to look it up on an official site if you wish.

    My chickens have eaten them as a part of the feed (but only very briefly) as I bought a small expensive package to try.

    Baby chicks need 20% protein, and when they are on grower feed they should be around 17%. Layers need 16-20% protein.
     
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  3. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On Lionsgrip (a chicken feed recipe place) they have BOSS as 26.3 %.............
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Black Oil Sunflower seeds= BOSS. OP wants to know about safflower seeds. Check here for BOSS:
    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=7704
    click on the "more information" tab above the box and it says 16% protein...I have had trouble in the past with protein %ages- different sources saying different percentages.

    If you are depending on that 26% for your feed, I would carefully check other sources to make sure. I have been going on 16% after some BYC'ers told me it was only 16% and I found it when I googled. Prior to that, I was assuming it was much higher due to another website.

    I DO like the Lionsgrip website though and have used it many times.

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  5. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry OP I didnt sleep well last night and I am killed!!
     

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