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favourite sprouts

hey so I just got my sprouter a few days ago and im in the middle of making mung bean sprouts, its really cool to watch the sprout grow I cant believe how fast they grow.

So, whats yours and your birds favourite sprouts? Im really excited for Russel to try his

oh and which sproutsdo you birds not like?

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I've tried sprouts with my birds. I put them in mash and they seemed to pick out everything and leave the sprouts! I made a mixture of sprouts. Can you put a mixture in your sprouter and see what he chooses or do u have to do one type at a time?
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All of my birds like buckwheat groats the best. This is the hands-down favorite. If you can get hulless oats, they love oats, but oat groats are generally dead because of the process of dehulling them. Mine also all love wild rice, quinoa (although some of them are kind of picky about the quinoa), squash seeds, millet, sesame, and amaranth. Some like lentils, peas, sunflower, and pumpkin. Some like various other beans, radish, broccoli, and alfalfa, but I have a lot less success getting them to eat those. I think I haven't tried those enough. I'm planning to do lots more with those later.


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My birds have all liked any of the sprouts that I've made. It is fun to sprout!
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I saw a video of a Parrotlet playing in a wheat grass square- I thought I might buy one for my birds, are they safe for them? Enjoy your Saturday!
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I've never sprouted!
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Wheat grass itself would be safe, so the only problem could be the medium the grass is growing in. That would need to be evaluated.


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yeah Im really excited Russ loves them the others are gonna take a bit more convincing lol.

Oh reall you should try it Daisy its supposed to be awesome for us as well and they taste great in salads.

i didnt know you could sprout pumpkin seeds, nanay how does it work just health store pumpkin seeds?

Thats a good question teresa Im not sure probablly I could do similar seeds

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Until my local bird shop started carrying sprouting seeds, I bought all my mixes from www.SproutPeople.org For my Parrotlet, I'd buy the Lil Bird mix. I bought my sprouting kit from them too -- you don't really need one, but the kit makes it easier.

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The Sprout People site is great! I intend to buy some stuff from them eventually, but for now I've just shamelessly used all of their information and given them no business in return. I especially want to try their hulless oats and some of their mixes.

I get the pumpkin seeds from the health food store - or from a pumpkin. My birds LOVE squash seeds - saved from squash when I cook it and then soaked before I serve them. I love those, too, so they don't always get many of them.

You all REALLY should sprout a mix of half buckwheat groats and half wild rice and eat it yourselves. It is great cereal. The wild rice needs to soak about 4 hours, and the buckwheat only about half an hour.


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oh unfortunatley Im canadian so Itd probably be really expensive to ship from the sprout people,

Ooh cool so do you soak it and then sprout or is it just soaking? Lol Im new to the whole sprout thing. i want to try this though

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You have to soak most seeds for certain periods of time to start the sprouting process. Then you rinse them off and let them start to grow. Once the soaking is finished, the seeds are already alive and starting to grow, so you can eat them any time after that. I eat the buckwheat and rice mixture right after the soak finishes and then for up to four days. Each day it tastes a little different because of the growth.


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thanks nanay your just a bucket load of information im gonna try that cereal soulnds yummy

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I shamelessly stole everything I know about sprouting from that Sprout People site that Jo Anne linked above.


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I just found their site! I am going to try sprouting for my birds- I am very excited.
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Well, I am in the process of sprouting a mixed bean mix. In the mean time, I found some sprouts at my local store (all organic) and have been trying my birds on them. They all seem to LOVE them except my tiel Pepper. He picks at them but does not seem to finish his like the others do. It is so much fun to see them grab one and hold it in their foot while they eat the prime parts of the sprout. I am really looking forward to trying various types of seeds to determine which they like the best.
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congrats Marcell, it's nice to know your birds like them!

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My flock really loves the sprout mixes by Best Bird Foods (Critter Connection), by Leslie Moran. I've never tried this, but I know of lots of folks who put sprouts in their birdie bread too.
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never tried sprouting but it seems as though everybody's fids are loving them

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Heres what confuses me about using sprouts in birdie bread doesnt that kind of take away the point, I mean cooking the bread dont the sprouts lose their value when their cooked? I mean it tastes really good like I used sprouts in my tofurky yummm.

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