Sunflower seeds - shell or no shell?

Going Bhonkers

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

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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.
 

WilmaP

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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.
Is grit different than just sandy dirt? How should I give my goose grit - in food, on the ground, in a separate bowl?
 

Miss Lydia

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I put grit in a bowl close to the feed bowl they use it as needed. But if they are out on pasture or not penned up they are probably finding their own.
 

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