How to best dry sunflower seeds? seeking "pest-proofing" ideas ...

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  1. churchie33@gmail.com

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    Hi

    I am on a property on the North Western outskirts of Sydney, Australia. This year we've had great success in growing organic sunflowers which I hope to dry and use for horse and chicken fodder as well as human consumption.

    I would be greatly interested in methods people have used to successfully dry sunflowers while avoiding pest predation. We have native bush rats and field mace that visit our property from time to time so I'm keen to actively harvest and dry the sunflowers as opposed to leaving them in their garden plot.

    Any tips or ideas would be of great interest.

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    Hi Churchie and welcome,
    We cut our sunflower heads off with a few inches of stem left, then hang them from the garage rafters to dry. Haven't had a rodent problem (yet)!
     
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    Nails on garage roof rafters are pretty good for lots of seed drying and storage away from mice/rats.
    Its going to be hard if you have heaps
    Maybe a suspended wire cage
    I used to dry tomatoes on the washing line with one I made up using fly wire
     
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    Thank you both for your tips :)
    I've ended up trying both methods (a line made of twine from hay bales suspended across a storage room) - I will revert back with tips on how it goes.
    If nothing else, my chickens were very happy to demolish some of the smaller seed heads that weren't worth hanging up.
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