Why the current fad of feeding black oil sunflower seeds to horses?

- These are packages of a mixture of bird seeds that are attractive to a varietyof birds. Generally consisting of black oil sunflower, peanut, millet, stripedsunflower, and others mixed together.

What is the difference between black oil and ordinary striped sunflowers seeds?

Consult the National Research Council's book Nutrient Requirements of Horses (2007) and no where are black oil sunflowers mentioned. Sunflower meal is listed in the nutrient composition chart, but not whole seeds. The presence of the hull will change the nutrient levels.

Wild Bird Seeds: Drs. Foster & Smith Black Oil Sunflower Seed

...in this page I am ONLY talking about the black oil sunflower seeds. NOT the striped seeds. Does anyone feed black oil sunflower seeds with the hulls on as a component of their pigeon feed? I was wondering if there are any potential problems with them from a crude fiber aspect.

Black Oil Sunflower - Organic Shoot Seed | Johnny's Selected Seeds

Black oil sunflower seeds have always been the most desired seed for wild birds. They are the most nutritious of all sunflower seeds, and a favorite of songbirds.

25 Lb. Black Oil Sunflower Seeds - Rural King Supply


Tall, yellow flowers waving gently in the breeze, sunflowers, besides their beauty, produce seeds eaten by humans, wildlife and livestock. Poultry, including laying hens, scarf down sunflower seeds. They're more than just tasty; sunflower seeds benefit laying hens. Sunflower seeds marketed for wild birds can be fed to poultry. Black-oil sunflower seeds contain more protein than other varieties of sunflower seeds for wild birds. Sunflowers seeds should be limited to no more than 1/3 of laying hens' diet. provide some of the cheeriest blooms. They come in a wide range of heights and bloom sizes as well as colors. The giant flower head is actually two separate parts. The inside is the cluster of flowers, while the larger colored “petals” on the outside are actually protective leaves. The flowers in the center turn into seed when the plant is almost done for the season. Black oil sunflower seeds are the favorite for and for making sunflower oil.Fed as treats or food staples, sunflower seeds help to keep laying hens' feathers healthy. Black-oil sunflower seeds contain more oil than gray-striped and other types of sunflower seeds. Like other birds that crowd feeders and gobble down sunflower seeds, chickens utilize the oil in the seeds to aid in keeping them warm and dry in cold or inclement weather. Including sunflower seeds in the diet of laying hens that are shown helps to give their feathers the glossy look prized by poultry judges.Usually sunflower seed is a mixture of colors and some are striped. The black sunflower seeds hold the most oil and the Russian cultivar, Black Peredovik sunflower, are oil seed sunflowers used the most. It was bred as a sunflower oil production crop. The Black Peredovik sunflower seeds are medium sized and deep black.