Watching the birds hang upside down on our big sunflower heads, working so hard to get at the seeds, made me wonder if chickens might like the sunflowers. A little research showed me that they love them and they’re good for them! Tossing sunflowers heads into the pen didn’t make it easy for the girls to get at the seeds so I worked out a way to hold the stems upright so they can get to the food!
While sunflower seeds are fine for treats, shell and all, they should not replace layer feed. I give a little handful once a week or so or put a few small flowers heads in the holder for them to share and they love it. Sunflowers seeds are second only to meal worms or maybe watermelon on their top treat list! Try growing some small sunflowers (like Solar Flash) and after you enjoy the flowers you’ll have a great use for the faded head full of seeds!
What treats do your girls enjoy? Please share!