In a previous study (POULTRY 82-1), full-fat sunflower seeds (FFSS) containing 42.0% ether extract depressed pullet growth and delayed sexual maturity as indicated by egg production records for the early stages of production. The FFSS fed was at 38% of a corn-based, 12% protein diet from 10 to 19 weeks of age. The same sample of FFSS at 19% of the complete diet along with 4% soybean meal was satisfactory with respect to growth and the onset of egg production. The egg production rate during later stages appeared to be unaffected by the FFSS content of the grower diet.
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Department of Animal Science, Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Kashani, Ali B. and Carlson, C. Wendell, "Full-Fat Sunflower Seeds For Growing Pullets" (1983). South Dakota Poultry Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1983. 7.