Date: 1/4/19 8:08 am
From: Sarah Caputo <catbird338...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Deer and sunflowers seeds
Small amounts of grains/seeds are ok, large volumes can cause indigestion/rumen acidosis in ruminants which can be deadly, especially if animal is not accustomed to eating easily digestible carbs and gorges on feed.


On January 4, 2019, at 11:02 AM, Joel and Sandy Wilcox-Fairbanks <joelandsandy...> wrote:

Sorry, I forgot to state the location--Cherryfield--of the photo of deer eating sunflower seeds from bird feeders.

Below is a link to a BDN article on the subject. Apparently "large quantities" of un-hulled sunflower seeds are bad, can even be deadly, to deer in the winter. Apparently hulled ones are OK, at least the article does not say otherwise.

https://bangordailynews.com/2012/02/22/outdoors/outdoors-extra/proper-supplemental-diet-can-benefit-deer-during-winter/

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