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sunflower seeds

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by davekrista, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. davekrista

    davekrista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can my chickens have the shells from sunflower seeds?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    As long as they are not salted and they are getting grit. Their system does not handle excess salt very well. I don't know that they will get many nutrients out of them, but it won't hurt them in any way that I am aware of.
     
  3. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Black Oil Sunflower Seeds (aka BOSS) have 15% protein. I feed BOSS for nice, shiny feathers.
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    The OP said sunflower seed shells, not seeds. Totally different. I agree BOSS is pretty good stuff.
     
  5. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    When I throw the leftover seed out from feeding my caged birds, the chickens go crazy over the seeds. They eat everything, seed, shell, pellets, etc. and have not had any problems. I also feed them black oil sunflower seeds and they gobble them, seed and shell.
     
  6. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I assumed the OP was concerned whether the birds could handle the shells "on" the seeds. Sorry.
     
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Boo-Boo's Mama :

    Quote:I assumed the OP was concerned whether the birds could handle the shells "on" the seeds. Sorry.

    Your interpretation of the question could certainly be correct and mine wrong. I spoke too quickly. Sorry.​
     

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