Sunflower seeds for 12wk old pullets?

2DogsFarm

Songster
10 Years
Apr 10, 2009
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NW Indiana
OK to feed black oil sunflower seeds in the hulls to my 12wk olds?

I haven't started feeding grit yet, they get grower crumbles and treats are soft - yogurt with cooked oatmeal, clover and greens from the yard with the occasional handful of crimped oats to scratch for.

If it is okay to feed the sunflower seeds, should I start feeding chick grit too?
Is parakeet gravel an acceptable form of grit?

They are growing like weeds!
 

cw

Songster
11 Years
Jan 11, 2009
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161
green co.
i have been researching the whole sunflower thing. yes feed to them they should be just fine, but i would have started them on the grit at 5 days old,
 

mediazeal

Songster
10 Years
Feb 26, 2009
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hmm, I feed grit when I give greens and oatmeal, etc. The only thing they dont' need grit for is hard boiled egg and yogurt, or so I was led to believe.

I got 'Chick Grit' from the feed store. I was afraid of the calcium added to other things. Maybe others can chime in with more expert help.
 

Gonzo

Songster
10 Years
May 25, 2009
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Southwestern, In
I give ours chick grit daily, you never know when a nice juicy bug or moth will present itself as a treat.
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cw

Songster
11 Years
Jan 11, 2009
1,587
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161
green co.
they need grit to chew there food not just for the calsium, do they get to free range any? receently i culled to male guineas to eat, and opened them up you would surprised at whats in there (larger rock then what i fiqured) (and a ton of broken glass,)
 

lunkerchicken

Songster
10 Years
Apr 26, 2009
607
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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
I give mine unsalted, out of the shell sunflower seeds. I feed them this every now and again as one of there many treats on there menu (spoiled rotten)
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Last night was yogurt. I put the bowl down and ran for the hills!!! It's like putting a mixer in a mixing bowl - stuff flies everywhere!! It is quite comical to watch, from a distance!
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cw

Songster
11 Years
Jan 11, 2009
1,587
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green co.
no not providing enough grit leads to compacted crops, if a small robin can eat them, how come a chicken can not?
 

cw

Songster
11 Years
Jan 11, 2009
1,587
8
161
green co.
i dont beleive there is no reason why a chicken cant eat sunflowers, if every small bird in the world can eat them surly a large chicken could handle them (or thats at least the extension office says)
 

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