Sunflower seeds

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by RPC, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. RPC

    RPC Boer Goat Breeder

    Are all sun flower seeds good for goats and do they all have selenium? I have no idea what we grow in our garden they are white with black stripes(the shells) and I thought about giving some to the goats. What ever mom isn't going to keep and eat will go to the goats but I want to make sure they are good for them and maybe next year I will plant more as long as they are good for them. Also what about pumpkin seeds now that its pumpkin time
  2. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Not sure about the striped sunflower seeds but I can say that mine literally inhale pumpkin! I quarter a few smaller ones and they go to town...seeds and all!

  3. cdtrum

    cdtrum New Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Northern Indiana
    Wow......never thought about giving them pumpkin.....what about butternut squash? I have lots!

    My boys are so deprived.....I never try new things with them, so afraid I'll upset their systems.
  4. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Mine like acorn squash well as zucchini. I don't give them a bunch at once, just a bit to try, if they won't eat it I pitch it.
  5. newtopygmies

    newtopygmies New Member

    May 26, 2010
    ashville alabama
    I know black oil sunflower seeds are good for goats. They are high in protien and make the coats shiny and healthy looking. I also know they like sunflower plants as well.

    But be cautioned... it is always a good idea to introduce a new food slowly because goats get the "runs" real easy. I have heard they like pumpkin seeds too. I know they also like watermellon...seeds and all.

    I would try striped sunflower sedds on my goats if they weren't too fat now.

    Mine are on a strict hay diet.
  6. Lexibot

    Lexibot New Member

    Jul 27, 2010
    I try everything on my goats. Any produce I wont eat, they get.

    Peaches, Pears, Apples, Watermelon Seeds, yogurt, pineapple. The all time favorite was Saltine Crackers, lol
  7. Mon Reve Farm

    Mon Reve Farm New Member

    Jun 25, 2010
    Southern DE
    I give mine sunflower seeds mixed in with other supplements once a week. They enjoy them very much and it is really good for their coats.

    We also give them raw pumpkin seeds as they can help as a natural wormer. I was researching if the squash seeds have that same quality and couldn't find a definitive answer.
  8. ohiogoatgirl

    ohiogoatgirl New Member

    Jan 31, 2010
    one of my two does loved over-ripe cucumbers the other would touch them. they both like raisins and i use them to as treats when teaching/training them. my sunflower seeds are black and white striped too. i've also been thinking of growing them for their feed.
  9. milk and honey

    milk and honey Senior Member

    Oct 30, 2010
    Everett, WA
    I have tried the black sunflower seeds... as per Molly of Fias Co Farm... and my older yearling loves them. The youngster will eat a very small handful..then quit.
  10. Squires

    Squires New Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    The black oil sunflower seeds are just a variety that is used to make sunflower oil and is also a popular bird seed for wild birds. It is very rich in nutritious oils that are good for putting on weight, and making coats glossy. Just a little goes a long way -- think of it as a supplement. They also do have a good amount of protein. Again, think of it as a supplement.

    Goats can eat any type of sunflower seeds -- the black oil type just has more oil in it. :)
  11. luvs2ride1979

    luvs2ride1979 New Member

    Jan 28, 2010
    Roland, Arkansas
    I give mine two handfulls of black oil seeds twice a day, for 5 good sized Alpine goats. They love them! The seeds are the first thing gone out of the feed pans, lol.