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Will deer eat sunflower seeds?

Old 09-18-2002, 05:13 PM
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Default Will deer eat sunflower seeds?

I was considering adding some sunflower seeds to the corn in my feeder to diversify the food offering. Will deer eat unshelled (bird food) sunflower seeds? And if so does anyone know what the protien level of them are? Thanks.
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Old 09-18-2002, 05:51 PM
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I don't know about the deer,I put some in my feeders last spring.they always disipeared,ofcourse I have a lot of turkeys around.there were never any left around the feeder.

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Old 09-18-2002, 07:42 PM
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I would try mixing some whole dry soybeans in with the corn.

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Old 09-19-2002, 06:17 AM
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Hey Timbercruiser I've been feeding soy beans also. I fill my feeder with a mixture of corn, roasted soy beans, and green peas. I found a 20-25 lbs. bag of black unshelled sunflower seeds (bird food) in our garage the other day that my wife forgot about and I was considering adding it to the mixture in the deer feeder to add more variety and flavor to the deers' diet. Thanks.
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Old 09-22-2002, 04:24 PM
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Deer will eat sunflower seeds. Don`t know about the protein level though.

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Old 09-24-2002, 11:39 AM
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Default RE: Will deer eat sunflower seeds?

I would say of course they do. I have not visually seen them eat them, but they do. Those deer go up to backyard feeders and eat bird seed. I grow sunflowers amongst my pumpkins. I have to protect the sunflowers when they are just sprouting because the deer nip of the tops. Seeds contain much protein and if we eat them, the deer eat them. How many of you would eat dry roasted salted acorns?
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Old 09-29-2002, 09:21 PM
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I feed the deer black sunflowers along with cr corn and they eat the seeds before touching the corn the protien is around 6 or 8% but the black seeds have a oil additive in it that the stripes don't have
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