Sunflower seed question :)

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Julie1977, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. Julie1977

    Julie1977 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all, my question is I am growing my own sunflowers and was wondering if it is safe to feed my chickens the unshelled seeds? Can I give them the whole head to pick at the seeds themselves? Kinda new to this chicken thing I have had 19 of them for almost a year and am still learning lol. Thank you all
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    I don't see why not, if they don't have insecticides on them. I used to, when I could get them to grow.
     
  3. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    Oh yeah we had a big bag of those big sunflower seeds and the chooks will shell them on there own!![​IMG]
     
  4. Julie1977

    Julie1977 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi and thanks! I can't wait to watch them eat them lolol [​IMG]
     
  5. Julie1977

    Julie1977 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much! no insecticides at all. Usually nothing grows for me lol. The wild birds have been devouring them so I just thought my chickies would like them :) but needed to know for sure, thank you
     
  6. yyz0yyz0

    yyz0yyz0 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I take my sunflower heads and hang them from the roof of the run just high enough so the girls have to jump a little to get to them. Even with needing to jump, they still clean the heads up in no time.
     
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  7. yeswehave8

    yeswehave8 Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome, cause our sunflowers grew very well this year. The girls will be so happy with the treat, I am sure. Can't they eat petals and all, if they want?
     
  8. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    As a young boy we grew a row or two of sunflowers in the garden every year and harvested the entire flower head to hang up and dry for part of my Grandmothers' chickens' winter ration. We never shelled the seeds or de-hulled them either, that job fell to the chickens to perform. I don't ever remember any of my Grannie's chickens croaking, that is unless they got too near Granny when she had a hatchet in her right hand an visions of a steaming pot of chicken and dumpling dancing in her head. Whole Sunflower seeds are safe to feed to your chickens.
     
  9. Julie1977

    Julie1977 Out Of The Brooder

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    Lol I will try hanging them, this will be quite the show He He Thank you yyz0yyz0
     
  10. Julie1977

    Julie1977 Out Of The Brooder

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    You are funny thanks for the laugh chickengeorgeto :)
     

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