Sunflower seeds

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by teanelly, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. teanelly

    teanelly Out Of The Brooder

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    Can chickens eat wild bird seed. Like, sunflower in the shell? And is so, do the eat the whole thing or will the take it out of the shell? Just curious..
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    Yes. They especially love black oil sunflower seeds, which they can shell for themselves just fine. It may take a few tries for them to get used to this scary new thing, though, haha!
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    They eat the whole thing, at least all the chickens I've seen do.

    Sunflower seed is very nutritious. Lots of vitamins. With the hull on it is about 12% protein, Hulled it is about 18% protein.
     
  4. collingwood

    collingwood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Of course they can [​IMG]!
     
  5. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

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    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I like the how the shell of sunflower seeds (BOSS) affects the feces of birds otherwise fed chicken feed. When diet is about 10% BOSS the turds become easier to clean up.
     
  7. teanelly

    teanelly Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome!! Thanks everyone!
     
  8. Junediamond

    Junediamond Out Of The Brooder

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    Can my 8-9 week old chicks eat in-she'll sunflower seeds.
     

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