Harvesting Sunflower Seeds for your Chickens

| 9/12/2013 12:15:00 PM


Each spring I plant sunflowers along the back of my herb garden. Not only do the tall stalks and large leaves provide shade for the herbs during the height of summer, the sunflower seeds make a nice, inexpensive treat for our chickens each fall. [Read here to find out how to start your seeds using eggshells]

Sunflower seeds are a great source of protein that will help your chickens through the fall molting season. To harvest your seeds once the blooms are spent, you only need some cheesecloth, twine and small paper bags.

cheesecloth and twine

Once the petals have fallen in late summer, cover each seed head with a double layer of cheesecloth, securing around the base of the stem with the twine, to prevent wild birds and squirrels from eating all the seeds.  Let dry completely (at this point you can cut the heads off the stems and dry in a garage or mud room, if you wish). 

cover each seed head

9/23/2013 3:15:22 PM

Lisa, nice sunflowers. I tried to grow some sunflowers this year but the resident groundhog kept eating the young plants. Nature has a way of giving me what I want and so the next property over grow a whole field of wild sunflowers. Go figure. The groundhog likes mine better, I guess. Have a great sunflower day.