Seeds, sunflowers, etc

chfite

Songster
8 Years
Jun 7, 2011
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Taylors, SC
Given the crop, gizzard, and grit, chickens are seed eating machines. Mine forage daily. I have watched them eat the seeds off of almost everything in the yard. I give them black oil sunflower seeds as a treat from time to time.

I don't know about intentionally giving them other types of seed specifically, such as flax seed or wheat. I rely upon the commercial feed and their foraging.

Chris
 

nab58

Songster
6 Years
Mar 28, 2013
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CT
I'm currently sprouting black oil sunflower seeds (BOSS) for my six. I have a big bag of the seeds for the and they love them. I thought I'd try sprouting them to see if they like them as well.
 

Liberty Nursery

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 9, 2013
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3
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I sprout bird seed and feed them the sprouts, they love sunflower seedlings. Mine will not eat the sunflower seeds when I throw them out but I have a feeling they do eventually eat them while scratching. But they will fight over a sunflower sprout. Often I will take a large nursery pot and grow bird seed, when they get to about 2 inches I put the pots in the run and watch them fight for a place to eat and scratch in the pot. I also grow the bird seed in the pots of my larger trees just to pick them and throw them in the run for the birds lower in the pecking order who can't find space in the pots.

I also mix bird seed (including the black oil sunflower seeds) in my scratch grains, the hens will ignore the bird seed when I throw them out but eventually they will bury them while scratching and eat the sprouts that come up days later.
 

nab58

Songster
6 Years
Mar 28, 2013
948
75
151
CT
Are the sprouted seeds considered a snack? In other words, should I limit the amt I give them? I don't limit what they forage for greenery when free ranging...so my question is...how does a sprouted seed differ from a blade of grass or weed nutritionally?

Thanks for any info....I'm really having fun learning, planning and experimenting with alternatives to dry feeds while I wait for my hens to start laying.
 

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