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Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by Harmsody, Apr 30, 2017.
Are sunflower seeds OK to feed to your chickens?
I sure hop so---because mine have eaten them for many years. I growed and cut the big dry heads----hang them upside down with a string in the chicken yard and let the chickens pick the heads clean----then tie another one for them.
I think they are FINE to give them! xx
Sunflower seeds with the shell still on is fine to feed, as well as with the shell off. A good treat, helps hens lay eggs and grow healthy feathers. Served cold, it can keep chickens cool and hydrated during hot summers. Seeds and flesh are both okay to feed.
I got that on gooooogle! lol
The guy at our local stock feed place reckons it makes they're feathers fall out, I've been feeding them to my bantam for a while though
You hear ALL kinds of things--My father was a smart man about hear-say---He always told me to believe Nothing I hear and only 1/2 what I see and I would be better off---LOL. If I had time I would Just have to see if he was Correct---about 6 chickens separated in their own pen---feed with some sunflower seeds added to their diet----wait a year and see if they have less feathers than the ones just like them that have not had any SF seeds---LOL.
My girls get a mixed seed with black oil sunflower in the shell and they attack it like it was a beetle. Hilarious to watch. GC
Great questions Harmsody!
Sunflower seeds have a lot of fat, which is an excellent energy source, as well as a good amount of protein. It certainly won't hurt to include them in the birds' diet, but you want to avoid feeding too much of any one additional feed as the birds may then eat less of the feed that is fortified with the necessary vitamins and minerals. Try to treat the sunflower seeds as a treat and feed them at no more than 10% of the daily ration. That will add some extra energy without disrupting the nutrient profile of the remainder of their ration.
Do not feed wild birds near your chickens. Wild birds carry disease. I learned this the hard way and had to cull my entire flock. 18 total!!!! The caught a viral bronchitis that was untreatable and spread like the plague!!!