Sunflower seeds

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by calicokat, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. calicokat

    calicokat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2009
    azalia, indiana
    We grew sunflowers in our garden this summer and I've dried out the heads. We're picking out the seeds and storing them in canning jars as a treat for the winter.

    My question is, do we have to do anything else or just feed them the seeds as they are? Some are big seeds, some are the small black ones, we have a variety.
  2. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    Well, I know the BOSS can be fed whole...thats what I give mine as a treat and a litter churner. The others I realy dont know about the seed casing, but the insides are fine for them.
  3. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Just give them to the chickens like that. They will figure it out. (I have seen one of my hens actually break shell and eat the inside only.)
  4. calicokat

    calicokat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2009
    azalia, indiana
    So far, they are eating them whole, even the bigger ones. That's ok?
  5. kristen2678

    kristen2678 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2009
    North Berwick Maine
    It's fine. Mine seem to inhale the entire seed regardless of the size. At the end of the summer I stuck entire sunflower heads in their run. They pulled the seeds out themselves. Saved me the work and they seemed to enjoy it.
  6. dntd

    dntd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 4, 2009
    You could sprout them if your worried about the shells. Sprouts are supposed to be healthy and here in winter there is no natural greens.

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