Can Chinchillas Eat Sunflower Seeds?

Can Chinchillas Eat Sunflower Seeds?

Sunflower seeds are actually not seeds but a cypsela.

They come from a sunflower and when you remove the shell the remainder part is edible and called the sunflower heart or kernel.

They are usually determined by the pattern they have on their husks. The black oil sunflower seeds are the ones with the solid black husk.

The husks with the stripes on them are mainly used for foods and are often referred to as confectionery sunflower seeds.

So can chinchillas eat sunflower seeds at all?

Let’s first take a look at the nutritional facts to determine if sunflower seeds are indeed safe for chinchillas to consume.

The main components are:

  • sugar
  • fat
  • acidic content
  • sodium
  • fibre
  • phosphorus
  • calcium

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 2,445 kJ (584 kcal)
20 g
Sugars 2.62 g
Dietary fiber 8.6 g
51.46 g
Saturated 4.455 g
Monounsaturated 18.528 g
Polyunsaturated 23.137 g
20.78 g
Thiamine (B1) (129%)1.48 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (30%)0.355 mg
Niacin (B3) (56%)8.335 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(23%)1.13 mg
Vitamin B6 (103%)1.345 mg
Folate (B9) (57%)227 μg
Choline (11%)55.1 mg
Vitamin C (2%)1.4 mg
Vitamin E (234%)35.17 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (8%)78 mg
Iron (40%)5.25 mg
Magnesium (92%)325 mg
Manganese (93%)1.95 mg
Phosphorus (94%)660 mg
Potassium (14%)645 mg
Sodium (1%)9 mg
Zinc (53%)5 mg

From the details above you can tell that sunflower seeds contain a large amount of phosphorus, acidic content and calcium.

Therefore sunflowers cannot be eaten by chinchillas.

There is way too many things within sunflower seeds that will make chinchillas sick so do not feed this seed to your chinchilla.