Sunflower seeds - shell or no shell?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Going Bhonkers, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. Going Bhonkers

    Going Bhonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First off, are all sunflower seeds "Black oil sunflower seeds" ?

    And can I have some clarification as to whether or not geese can eat them whole (with shells/ hulls on)? With the shells on, they look rather large, and I wonder if they might choke on them [​IMG].
    Its just that, well, I've seen parrots take the seed shells off, so it makes me maybe I should remove hulls for my geese. (Hahaha, I know its wrong to compare parrots to geese, but I mean, they both have feathers and wings, so... maybe? [​IMG])


    I laugh, but I still feel kind of bashful for asking
     
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  2. Tivona

    Tivona Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not all sunflower seeds are the Black oil type. There is also grey stripe (the type you would buy for yourself in a grocery store to munch on) and others. These types that are not black oil will frequently have thick tough shells and can have less oil or a different type of oil. The BOSS (black oil sunflower seeds) have a thin shell that the birds can seem to digest and get the full benefit of the seed inside. The BOSS type is also a high oil type of sunflower so its higher in calories and heat value to the birds. At least that is what I understand. Anyway it is fine to feed BOSS type to the geese with the shell on as long as they have access to grit. I wouldn't bother with other types of sunflower seeds for the birds. Not enough benefit from the others compared with the BOSS.
     
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  3. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    True BOSS here runs about $40/ for 50lb bag right now.

    feed it shell and all to your juveniles and adults
     
  4. Going Bhonkers

    Going Bhonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys!!
     
  5. Going Bhonkers

    Going Bhonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you think I can grow sunflowers from BOSS seeds, or have they been processed too much for that?
     
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    The seeds sold for bird food have been treated with a growth inhibitor to prevent sprouting.

    Make sure your birds have access to grit to allow them to process the shells.
     
  7. kimberly35042

    kimberly35042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hmmm.... mine may have been treated, but they certainly grew sunflowers-- tons of them.
     
  8. Going Bhonkers

    Going Bhonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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