The Black Oil Sunflower Seed

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by HoneyintheHeart, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. HoneyintheHeart

    HoneyintheHeart New Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Hello, lovely forum attendees!!!

    I can not express how excited I am...I got my first ladies on New Years is the beginning of a long relationship.

    I am wondering about introducing blackoil sunflower seeds during the latter half of pregnancy to their grain feed/keeping it as as a small but usual source of Vitamin E, Selenium and more.

    Who is doing something of this sort? Good Idea/Bad Idea?

    Nutritional RunDown forthe Black Oil Sunflower Seed:
    General Nutrients:

    Nutrient Amount
    (per 1 lb) Nutrient Amount
    (per 1 lb)
    Calories 2588.40 Protein 103.50 g
    Carbohydrates 85.25 g Fiber
    (dietary) 47.74 g
    Sugars 15.03 g Fat 225.46 g
    Water 24.38 g Omega-3
    Fatty Acids 0.25 g
    Fatty Acids 148.40 g Lysine 24.5 mg

    Vitamin Amount
    (per 1 lb) Vitamin Amount
    (per 1 lb)
    Vitamin A 222.48 IU Thiamin 10.36 mg
    Riboflavin 1.14 mg Niacin 20.46 mg
    Vitamin B6 3.54 mg Vitamin C 6.32 mg
    Vitamin E 340.50 IU Folate 1033.90 mcg
    Vitamin K 12.25 mcg Pantothenic Acid 30.69 mg

    Mineral Amount
    (per 1 lb) Mineral Amount
    (per 1 lb)
    Calcium 527.43 mg Copper 7.96 mg
    Iron 30.82 mg Magnesium 1609.57 mg
    Manganese 9.22 mg Phosphorus 3205.50 mg
    Potassium 3132.75 mg Selenium 270.53 mcg
    Sodium 13.64 mg Zinc 22.99 mg
  2. TheMixedBag

    TheMixedBag The Hoofcare and Repro specialist

    Oct 16, 2010
    Glencoe, OK
    I used to, but the stuff is over a dollar a pound here, and alfalfa pellets are cheaper

  3. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    I always mix a 5lb bag into a 50lb bag of 18% goat feed, mine seem to do well with them.
  4. Plumbago

    Plumbago New Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    I always have it available in the pregnant does food mix - so many benefits!
  5. nubians2

    nubians2 New Member

    I feed it all year long to everybody. Just a small amount with each feeding but their coats just shine.
  6. J.O.Y. Farm

    J.O.Y. Farm ~Crazy Goat Lady~

    Jan 10, 2012
    New Hampshire
    I feed it all year aswell, I think My girls do very good on it! It has helped a little with one of my does dry skin!
  7. Burns Branch Boers

    Burns Branch Boers New Member

    Apr 10, 2011
    North Texas

    Ditto to this :thumb:

    P.S. our feed stores have the BOSS and it is sooo expensive! I found out that Walmart has it in the gardening isle--where the bird food is and it comes in a variety of bag sizes and very affordable there!! I think I get a 10lb bag for $7
  8. J.O.Y. Farm

    J.O.Y. Farm ~Crazy Goat Lady~

    Jan 10, 2012
    New Hampshire
    Wow 7$! I think I have to make a run to walmart!
  9. BillyMac

    BillyMac New Member

    Nov 2, 2011
    Northern Minnesota
    I tried some on my does but they refused it. They just picked through the feed and left the SF seed. I put it out for the birds but none ever came so now I throw it down for my chickens and they eat every one.
  10. RMADairyGoats

    RMADairyGoats New Member

    Jun 19, 2011
    I give them to our does during show season and they do great :) They really seem to like them.
  11. HoosierShadow

    HoosierShadow Senior Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Central Kentucky
    I've found the 5lb bags on sale at Save A Lot in the past, but they don't have them this year :( I start giving them about 3 weeks before they have their babies, and try to give it to them until they wean. My goats LOVE them. I'll have to check Walmart out when we go to see what the prices are here. I won't be getting any until later this month <I try to buy them with my $$ so it's not something extra my husband can complain about coming from his pocket LOL>.
  12. newmama30+

    newmama30+ New Member

    Oct 4, 2010
    Wabasso MN
    we feed them as a treat to well all the livestock! all the goats love 'em, and the girls go nuts when they see a bag of them so we have to store them in the house.
  13. winky

    winky New Member

    Jun 19, 2011
    Oregon City, OR
    I've been wondering about this myself :chin: . I sure do like all that vitamin E and selenium in the BOSS but the calcium:phosphorus ratio scares me. It looks like about 1:6. Not sure if metabolic bone disease is very much of a concern in goats. I rehabilitate wildlife and feeding sunflower seeds (and other nut, even in small quantities) is one of the leading causes of MBD in baby squirrels and jays raised by inexperienced rehabbers :( . Maybe I'm just being paranoid?
  14. Burns Branch Boers

    Burns Branch Boers New Member

    Apr 10, 2011
    North Texas

    Crazy goats! That is funny!!

    I keep an open bag in my feed room and I just scoop some up and put it in w/the feed when I think about it. Usually They get some at least 3 or 4 times a week. Mine really like them!