Sunflower Seeds For Poultry

What is the food value of sunflower seed as a ration for fowls, mostly

laying hens? Should it be fed whole or crushed?

Sunflower seed is rich in oil, having the same proportion as flaxseed;

otherwise it rates in value the same as grain. A little, not too much,

fed whole is well relished by fowls and is said to give luster to the

plumage in fitting birds for shows. Sunflower is greatly overrated for

poultry purposes. It is an ungainly plant of no use for forage and its

seed is so well liked by the sparrows that the only way to keep them

till ripe is to cover the heads with netting.

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