sunflower seeds for easier egg passage?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chkinut, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. chkinut

    chkinut Songster

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    i just read on another post that sunflower seeds are good for egg passing cuz of the oil. i didn't wanna hijack the other post with this question.....but do i buy them already shelled or whole? and are they healthy for the girls? or do i need to watch their consumption of the seeds?
  2. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    I get mine in the shell, like for wild birds... Black Oil Sunflower Seeds... BOSS.
  3. tasymo

    tasymo Songster

    Jul 24, 2008
    I buy black oil sunflower seeds in 40 lb bags at the same time that I buy my scratch, then mix them half and half. My Girls LOVE the extra BOSS, and don't eat as much corn.
  4. mmaddie's mom :

    I get mine in the shell, like for wild birds... Black Oil Sunflower Seeds... BOSS.

  5. Muggsmagee

    Muggsmagee Menagerie Mama

    Dec 15, 2009
    Central NY
    I hadn't heard of this. I lost a Dominique not to long ago...pretty sure she was eggbound. [​IMG]

    My next run to the feed store, I'll pick some up.
  6. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Quote:We do the same here. They'll pick out the sunflower seeds first, before eating the other seeds and corn.
  7. DH bought a Turkey/Game Bird (24% protein) feed last week ($4/bag less than Purina FR). Yesterday I had him get a bag of BOSS (15% protein) since I was running out and today I mixed them together. My girls seem to like the combination; will see how they do. I'd been throwing the BOSS as scratch in the run each morning but found they didn't always find the seeds in the sand...hate to waste $$...that is why I mixed with the feed.

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