WHOLE CORN/SUNFLOWER SEEDS ?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by oldbuzzard, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. oldbuzzard

    oldbuzzard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i feed ears of corn and gray stripe sunflower seeds to my hens to keep them busy. a friend insist that they get nothing from them because they swallow whole. is this true? i see nothing in there dropings. thank you
     
  2. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    I think the action in their gizzards grinds the shells off.
     
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  3. antlers

    antlers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buff is correct. Thats why they have a gizzard. If it was true there would be a lot of starving wild birds out there at home feeders because that is all you feed is whole grains.....
     
  4. oldbuzzard

    oldbuzzard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you. thats what i thought.
     
  5. aiwetir

    aiwetir Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my girls eat sunflower shells shed off the feeder. go figure [​IMG]
     
  6. oldbuzzard

    oldbuzzard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ha ha! so do mine. gotta love em!
     
  7. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Generally chickens are given cracked corn, since the gizzard can't fully break down whole kernels; the smaller pieces allows them to utilize it far better. The sunflower seeds should be fine, thoguh.
     

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