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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BOOBOO-1, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. BOOBOO-1

    BOOBOO-1 New Egg

    Jan 28, 2015
    I have grown some sunflowers over summer and have 2 varieties. One has the blackish shelled seeds and the other has white shelled seeds. Does anyone know whether I am able to feed my chickens the white shelled variety. Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Nothing bad in the white or striped sun flower seeds. They just have less oil then the black ones. The black ones are the ones used for oil production and are usually referred to here as BOSS or Black Oil Sunflower Seeds.
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    The black sunflower seed are called Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, There ok to use as a treat.
    The other ones your describing are Striped Sunflower Seeds, These sunflower seeds should be left for "wild" birds. They are high in hard to digest fibers that chicken don't need.

    Both types of sunflower seeds can vary in proteins but most are only about 16% protein, but depending on your soil and if you fertilized them or not the nutritional level could be quite a bit lower.
  4. CedarCrestFarm

    CedarCrestFarm Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 30, 2014
    Kirtland Hills, Ohio
    I completely agree with Chris09. The stripped sunflower seeds are difficult, if not impossible, for chickens to fully digest. If left to settle in their crops, can cause a nasty case of sour crop. Stick with the BOSS and steer clear of the others

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