- May 10, 2010
Hi! It seems that my hens have started laying more eggs since I have been giving them sunflower seeds in addition to their layer feed. Does that sound right or is it just coincidental?
Mix No. 6 above a I treat as scratch formulation used to cut a high protein complete feed during most of winter. The scratch mix represents about 1/3 or total ration, thus my birds are getting a little over 7% black oil sunflower seed.I feed whole black oil sunflower seeds at 5% of the ration. The shells add so much fiber they cut the protein and fat in half. It takes energy to digest shells.
Hulled seeds are very concentrated and 5% might be a little rich. Not sure!
I have seen scratch rations very high in sunflower seeds compared to what we often see, with sunflower seeds as a minor component.
Chicken Raising Made Easy, 1946:
Mix No. 6
Whole Corn or Milo, 25
Oats or Barley, 25
Sunflower seed, 25