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Sprouts for Me!

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I just wanted to share this handy chart I found. It tells you how long to soak a seed, and how much you'll yield from it. This is a people menu, but all these are on the bird-approved list. I figure I will give it a try, as well.
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Fresh Sprouts are one of the best foods you can feed your birds.
Not so much those things you can buy. They are mostly past their prime.
I do mostly Mung Beans.

Here are a few more for you.
http://www.landofvos.com/articles/sprouts.html

http://theworldofafricangreys.weebly.com/sprouting.html

http://eclectusparrots.net/sprouts.html

http://bestbirdfoodever.com/home/wp/...prouted-seeds/

http://thehappycockatoo.wordpress.co...e-for-parrots/

http://sproutpeople.org/just-for-pets/bird-seed-mixes/

http://beautyofbirds.com/sprouting.html

http://www.holisticbirds.com/pages/recipes0503.htm

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/mung-...nal-value.html

One thing you will find in common on all these links is? Just how good sprouts are for your bird and you can take that a step further and say for yourself as well.
Fresh they have to be to get all the goodie from them. This means serve a they sprout. Do Not store and do not buy them.


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Oh, thank you, this will suit us nicely. I love reading about parrots!

I just bought 3 sprouting trays on amazon, 1 for me, 1 for the bird, and 1 to make this crazy bird-carpet idea (I have no idea how it got into my brain, I just have to try it!)

It's still a few months before I can afford my Caique, but hopefully projects like this can get me ready to be the best-possible-friend to my future-best-friend!


ps. This is such a cute website!

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I had a sprouting chart somewhere! I cannot find it right now. Sorry.


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I bought some seeds and beans, today! I bought quinoa, as well. I just realized I don't know what quinoa is. But we'll see what happens!

Want to hear my latest idea? I am going to use TEA INFUSERS to test out my mixes! I don't have all the official sprouting gear, yet, and I don't want to wait.
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Somewhere I did post my simple way to sprout.
I promise you do not need any complicated gear to sprout.


It is this simple.
You just have to get the process right.



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Haha, I just realized I bought couscous, too. Probably not going to work in my sprouting experiment!
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ok, im lazy and i don't feel like reading through all of those links, but i was wondering how you sprout budgie seed? i use the simplest blend of higgins and i would love to sprout it for the flock, but i am not sure how. i have tried soaking it then draining it and leaving it in the cup. i grow barley fodder for my rabbit and all you have to do is soak the seeds, but them in a container with holes and water twice daily. a week or so later you have an awesome mat of grass/seed/roots and no dirt…. i wish i could so that for the birds with their seed. i also wanted to buy some oat groats and try sprouting some, but i believe that they are hard to sprout

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I haven't tried sprouting birdseed from a bag, yet. I have had a lot of success with the beans and oats I got from the store, but my organic millet hasn't done a thing. I think perhaps I didn't soak it long enough, some things need to soak days longer than others.

I did it pretty much how you described; rinse, soak, rinse-dry (repeat) until sprouts grew.



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Why yes, I am the genius who put millet in tea strainer. You're welcome.

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that is white millet that is used in parakeet blends, i am guessing? i have gotten that to sprout. i usually start rinsing and then soaking at about 3 in the afternoon and let it soak until the morning, which is about 15 hours. usually i can see little white tails poking though. as for spray millet, i have not had a ton of success sprouting that. i have grown it, but it started getting cold out so it mostly died off. in a planter box, i also started growing flax seed (i think they can have those[?] ) and they got about an inch and a half tall before it got cold. darn New England weather

i have had much success growing red and white millet. the birds loved it. the red millet has the black tips and the white millet is green.




Yum! next year i am planting a LOT of seed (including spray millet) so the fids can have fresh seed

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Oh, yep, I didn't soak the millet long enough.

Handy chart! (I didn't make this one. So jealous!)

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i have had much success growing red and white millet. the birds loved it. the red millet has the black tips and the white millet is green.
You, my friend, are a sprouting PRO. I am going to go sit in a corner with my mouth shut and wait for somebody smarter to answer your question.

ps. ty for the millet pics! Why is this so freakin fun?!?
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Cal please post the link for the chart above. It is the one I was looking for.

Ilovepets. If you are sprouting Flax, take a pat on the back.
These are one of the harder seeds to spout.
As to where they are good or not! Yes they are very good. As sprouts they are far better than ground flax or flax oil.
A great source of Omega3

Read this link http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseedSome call it one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. There’s some evidence it may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. That’s quite a tall order for a tiny seed that’s been around for centuries.
Flaxseed was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC. In the 8th century, King Charlemagne believed so strongly in the health benefits of flaxseed that he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it. Now, thirteen centuries later, some experts say we have preliminary research to back up what Charlemagne suspected.
Some call it one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. There’s some evidence it may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. That’s quite a tall order for a tiny seed that’s been around for centuries.
Flaxseed was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC. In the 8th century, King Charlemagne believed so strongly in the health benefits of flaxseed that he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it. Now, thirteen centuries later, some experts say we have preliminary research to back up what Charlemagne suspected.
Some call it one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. There’s some evidence it may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. That’s quite a tall order for a tiny seed that’s been around for centuries.
Flaxseed was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC. In the 8th century, King Charlemagne believed so strongly in the health benefits of flaxseed that he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it. Now, thirteen centuries later, some experts say we have preliminary research to back up what Charlemagne suspected.


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wow, once again i never cease to amaze myself all i did was soak them for 15 +/- hours like the millet and throw them in a planter. a while later i checked on them and there was little sprouts are flax seeds considered a "micro Green"? are they that beneficial to the birds?

as i told Cal in our PM, those millet seeds were originally sprouting seeds. when they didn't work out i tossed a ton in my planter with the catnip. a day or two later they started coming up and they grew to about 7 inches tall. some plants were shorter than others.

oh, and Cal, i am currently trying the method of sprouting in the video. my millet was only soaked for about 11 hours, so we will see what happens!

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Cal please post the link for the chart above. It is the one I was looking for.

If you only want the picture, just right click the image and select "Copy Image URL"
Or click here!

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Ilovepets.
The long shoots you get when growing in soil are past their prime. And I think more called shoots than sprouts.
To get the real deal the tails should not get over 1/2in long.
So from soak seed to 1/2in tail is maximum goodies, once past this the available goodies start to change.
But they are still great for our birds.


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