Is it ok to give my very spoiled chickens sunflower seeds that are still in the shell? My friend gave me the sunflower from her garden and I picked all the seeds out, so I want to give my chickens a treat.
Sunflower seeds are high in protein, so I mix the black oil sunflower seed that I use in my bird feeders in with the girls' scratch, especially this time of year when they need more protein for the molt.
They pick out the sunflower seeds first, then the sorghum, then the wheat/rye and then the corn last. Sometimes the corn just lays there until they come back through and the corn is all that is there.
I've fed the sunflower seeds to mine they love them, I have also stopped off and picked them up a couple containers of millworms or crickets for a treat they go crazy over them..( who on earth would ever spoil a chicken?)