too many sunflower seeds?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by NuthatchKnollChickens, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. NuthatchKnollChickens

    NuthatchKnollChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Now that my chickens free range during the day, they've learned to make a bee-line from their coop to the wild bird feeder where they can dig up lots of spilled black oil sunflower seeds. Is this something I should try to prevent? Could the sunflower seeds cause them to develop a weight problem?
     
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
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    My girls do the exact same thing.

    Many here (myself included) give sunflower seeds as a treat for extra protein and oil.

    Unless there are just pounds and pounds of them there, I'd think they'll be OK.
     
  3. ears73

    ears73 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ha! Mine do the same and I was just looking here to post about it..... I hope it is ok. I was thinking this morning of making a fence so they wouldn't get at the patio where the seed drops, but they go for it in earnest and it is sooooo cute!
     
  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I just got done giving my chickens some sunflower seeds. I throw a handful on the ground, and they love it. They search for hours. lol.
     
  5. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Mine get a cup of sunflower seeds, morning and night. Its their summertime "scratch"
     
  6. NuthatchKnollChickens

    NuthatchKnollChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Great! One less thing to worry about. Thanks everyone!
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I give them treats of scratch, (oats, sunflower seeds, once in awhile bird seed, cracked corn etc.), in small quanities as these are treats. I also give them vegies, fruits, most everything that I can grow. I do grow a lot of corn and watermelon especially, also tomatoes, squash, root crops, the list can go on. I feed them everything except potatoes. I figure they will eat what they want. I do free range them.
     

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