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free bird
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Laura
Victoria Texas
USA
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Posted - Nov 19 2004 :  05:12:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My chickens love to eat sunflower seeds. I was worried that the hulls would be too much for their systems. They eat the small kind of sunflower seeds--so they're very small, but they eat them whole, hull and all. There seem to be no bad effects from eating them. But I was just curious if any of you have come across this.

My chickens also eat the usual other grains like cracked corn and millet, etc, but they aren't really satisfied unless I mix sunflower seeds in. They also eat a lot of garden insects and worms and grass and such, and I feed them treats of fruit sometimes. They go crazy over bananas. But it's sunflower seeds that they have come to depend on as a staple. I hope the sunflower hulls are okay for them. Anyway, have any of you had any ill effects from chickens eating sunflower seeds whole with the hulls?

I love my chickens

KJAMES
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KAREN
SC
USA
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Posted - Nov 19 2004 :  09:35:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think I will try the sunflower seeds on my chickens. I always have a 25lb bag because I feed the squirrels.
My chickens love cabbage and apples. I have a small rooster "Speed Chicken" that will chase you if he thinks you are giving out apple cubes.
Wonder if the goats will eat sunflower seeds. Can't seem to keep my goats from eating the chicken feed. They seem to think it is better than goat feed.
I have a old hen named Thelma that I can pet and carry around. She acts more like a dog than a chicken.
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Eileen
True Blue Farmgirl

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Eileen

USA
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Posted - Nov 19 2004 :  09:43:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Seems like sunflower seed would be a good source of protien for the chickens and the hulls would just be fiber. Can't see why it would hurt.
Eileen

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KJAMES
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KAREN
SC
USA
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Posted - Nov 19 2004 :  10:07:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Someone told me that it isn't good to feed oats to chickens. Does anyone know if this is true? I feed oats to my goats and since the chickens are in the fence with the goats they eat what is left over. I sure hope it is OK, chickens seem to be fine so far.
I am thinking about getting a couple of bee hives in the spring time. Wondered if anyone had any input. Both my Dad and Grand Dad raised bees, thought it would be a nice way to remember them.
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prairiemaid
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Margret

Canada
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Posted - Nov 30 2004 :  08:18:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's okay to feed oats to chickens. If you want them to grow or to lay, they need more protein, though. When my chickens are molting, I feed them more oats but once they are done, they go back on the higher protein diet.
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Aunt Jenny
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Jenny
middle of Utah
USA
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Posted - Dec 01 2004 :  8:10:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would worry about the goat eating chicken food. If it is just hen scratch, no problem but goats can get really really sick from eating layer mash or pellets. I am not sure (can't remember) what it is in it that makes them sick, but I would be careful.
I have fed oats to my hens and sunflower seeds too..they do fine on them. I just use the sunflower seeds as a supplement though, not the main, or only feed.

Jenny in Utah

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rockinhorse
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Robin
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Posted - Jul 04 2005 :  12:47:53 AM  Show Profile  Send rockinhorse an AOL message  Send rockinhorse a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
hmm I think I will try some of sun flowerseeds for my chickes. I have tried oats and they do not like it one bit. But the squirls usually get what the chickens leave behind.

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citygoatlady
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Posted - Jul 04 2005 :  10:57:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sunflower seeds: here's my experience. I have raised Dairy Goats on a small city yard for 12 years. My custom feed mix includes sunflower seeds with the hulls on. The hulls do provide roughage. The seeds are high in protein, and have vitamin E too. My mix also includes oats, corn, and soybean pellets. Total protein is about 16%. The seeds store better with the hulls on. Feeding them helps their coat stay glossy, I think.

To figure out the actual nutritional value of every grain, seed, root, etc, the best book I know of is "Feeds and Feeding" by Morrison. Get a version from 1919 through about 1956, from www.bookfinder.com, www.alibris.com, etc. This is a standard agricultural text. The information is marvelous and complete. He was clear and succinct about the need to serve both legumes and grains in order to make maximum use of proteins/amino acids which complement each other, way back in 1919. Five decades before Lappe's "Diet for a Small Planet."

Chickens can decide for themselves what is good to eat, don't worry about that! We feed them every scrap from our kitchen, rotten or fresh, and they eat it all. The grit, sand and gravel in their crops will grind up the hulls of the sunflower seeds.
However, if you want them to lay well, make sure they have feed with about 20% protein. When ours can go outside in the afternoon, they don't need as much chicken feed, since they eat bugs and greens.

Find local raw milk on www.localharvest.com. "If you complain about farmers, don't do it with your mouth full."
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