Sunflower seeds for 12wk old pullets?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by 2DogsFarm, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    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!
     
  2. cw

    cw Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    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,
     
  3. mediazeal

    mediazeal Songster

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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.
     
  4. Gonzo

    Gonzo Songster

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    I give ours chick grit daily, you never know when a nice juicy bug or moth will present itself as a treat. [​IMG]
     
  5. cw

    cw Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    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,)
     
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

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    Sunflower seed shells will lead to impacted crops, even in adults... Don't give it to them.
     
  7. lunkerchicken

    lunkerchicken Songster

    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) [​IMG].
    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! [​IMG]
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  8. cw

    cw Songster

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

    windtryst Songster

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    Quote:Good question.
    I give my chicks sunflower seeds.
    I put a 40lb bag of sand in the run and they eat that for grit.
     
  10. cw

    cw Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    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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