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    Question Black oil sunflower seeds??

    I got a big bag of plain black oil sunflower seeds from tractor supply, found it in the bird food section. I got it for my chickens but I was wondering could I feed them to my grey squirrel? Are they healthy for them?
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    Default Re: Black oil sunflower seeds??

    Quote Originally Posted by ilovemyroscoe91 View Post
    I got a big bag of plain black oil sunflower seeds from tractor supply, found it in the bird food section. I got it for my chickens but I was wondering could I feed them to my grey squirrel? Are they healthy for them?
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    No, they are too high in Ca:Phos
    Sunflower Seed (unr) 78:660 1.0:8.5
    Sunflower Sd (roast) 87:1139 1.0:13.1
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    Default Re: Black oil sunflower seeds??

    Step,

    I feed all my released squirrels BOSS every day and once the rehab kids go to solids I let them have some 2x a week. NR's get some every other week, I've never had a problem, isn't that okay?
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    Default Re: Black oil sunflower seeds??

    Quote Originally Posted by kcassidy View Post
    Step,
    I feed all my released squirrels BOSS every day and once the rehab kids go to solids I let them have some 2x a week. NR's get some every other week, I've never had a problem, isn't that okay?

    I know many do feed regular sunflower seed as well as BOSS.
    Individual preference, I'm not making a judgement call...
    The question was "Are they healthy for them?"
    BOSS also contains a large amount of potassium:
    Amount (per 1 lb) Calcium 527.43 mg - Potassium 3132.75 mg
    If one is trying to achieve the 2:1 balance calcium to phosphorus
    I'd still have to answer no, they are not a healthy source of food
    for squirrels considering that ratio.
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