Grey stripe sunflower seeds are lower in oil and fat than black sunflower and so are generally considered a better option for birds, particularly if they are not very active. The seed may also be sown but as it is not specifically bred for planting, it will not have a high germination rate.
Sunflower Seeds are a great treat for your chickens, particularly coming into moult season.
They are particularly high in levels of: Vitamin “E”: known to be vital for the poultry immune system and a protector against diseases like coccidiosis, e.coli and bronchitis
Protein: high levels of protein (around 26%) make this a great boost for chickens at times of stress such as moulting and cold weather.
Oil: the high levels of linoleic acid, increases weight and sets chickens up for the winter months, and adds to the nutritional value (and weight) of eggs.
Antioxidants: sunflowers are rich in natural antioxidants – another boost to the the immune system.