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How to sprout seed!

for a while i have wanted to sprout seed for my flock but never knew how. i tried a few ways, but it always tired out gross and smelly. i have tried sprouting them in-between moist coffee filters and just in a cup.

Fear not!! i will share my success

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- good seed mix (i recommend Higgins Supreme Parakeet blend)
- canning jar
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- hungry birds!

1. start with a good brand of seed. i use Higgins Supreme Parakeet, which is very basic and only consists of 4 seeds. my flock wastes a lot with other seed brands because of the odd seeds or the pellets added. with higgins, there is zero waste. also, you can sprout mixes with pellets, but the water might get dirty!

2. add as much seed as you want for one day of feeding into your canning jar

3. put the 'sealing' lid aside as you will not need it and replace it with the mesh

4. rince the seeds a few times. i do not use vinegar in the soaking process. i only use vinegar when i am soaking my barley seeds for fodder for my rabbit. so, no need for vinegar!

5. after rinsing, fill the jar with water so it covers the seeds. seed that float can be thrown out or left. some will sink at the day goes on. i usually start rinsing and soaking when i get up.

6. i have done varying times for soaking from 12-15 hours. currently i am doing 12 +/- hours and it works great. i drain the seed before i go to bed and let them sit at a downward angle.

soaking seeds on the left and sprouting on the right (its horizontal just for the picture!)


having the seeds a a correct angle. it should be fine for whatever angle you choose, i have seen people do it with the jar completely upside down.


7. to make this clearer- day one in the morning you will rise and soak, at night on day one you will drain and let the seed sit at an angle. rinse the seeds if they appear to be drying out. day two in the morning, you should see a little white spot on the seed which is the root. i feed them at this point. if you want to wait longer, there will be a bigger root. i have heard that the bigger the root, the less nutrition is in the seed. my first time i waited a few days which is why the root is so big in the pic. again, i prefer to feed them in the morning on day two

first batch, sprouts are long. i don't have a picture of second day sprouts!


the leaf was even starting to grow. they did not eat the root or the leaf, hence why i recommend feeding on day two (i think you understand by now )


cheerio the sprouts addict! she was the first to fall in love and now they all will fight over them!! (a great food for the picky budgie )





and i did mention that i tried sprouting seed in moist coffee filters and it didn't really work well, BUT!! i did manage to sprout flax seed! using this method a while ago when i was growing seed (i'll put pics of that at the bottom) i soaked some flax seed for a day and threw it in a planter box. a while later i checked and it grew! next year i will plant it in the beginning of the planting season to see how much it can grow.

anyways... i soaked some flax seed for 12-15 hours~ i can't remember~ and then i put them in a moist/wet coffee filter and covered them. i kept it wet and after a few days....




and so i waited some more days and....!!


the seeds are sticky in an oily sense, but cheerio still liked them. i am going to try this again


last but not least, this is the failed sprouting seed that i threw in a planter and it grew. the birds loved the fresh seed and i am going to plant a lot more next year!! the red millet is black and the white millet is green




yum!


let me know if you have any questions

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That's awesome Shelly, thanks for sharing! I think we should pin this! I'll see what Abby and Daisy say



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Thanks so much for sharing this with us!
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Your welcome I do have some pics of day two sprouting, I just need to put them on the computer!

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monday morning- rinse and start soaking
monday evening- drain and let seeds sit at an angle
tuesday morning and evening- rinse and still let seed sit
wednesday morning- feed



this is what the see usually looks like when i feed it. this is the 2 day sprouted seed (same amount of time as example above, 2 days including soaking and sprouting). i like this size because they take the hull off and eat the entire seed. in my other pics where the sprout is bigger, the did not eat the "root" part




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They just look perfect.
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Thank you for posting! I have yet to actually grow my own I will try the planter method I think

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i am trying to grow seeds now, i didn't soak them first so i will see if just planting without soaking works. it is just hard to spread the seeds evenly when they are wet!

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A comment I would make about sprouting or growing.
A sprouted seed, grain or bean peaks in it's nutritional goodies from the first sign of a tail (shoot) to around 1/2in tail. After that it is not as great. Still good as it is fresh natural food.
I do both sometimes for my guys, but it is the sprouting that I work on mostly.
I thought I posted this chart here!


But must of been another forum where we were discussing sprouting as well.


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Would you guys mind if I stuck this thread? I think it would be really useful and you've posted some very helpful stuff

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I grow bird seeds outside. You don't need to soak it at all. All you do it sprinkle some seeds in the dirt, then with a stick, mix in the seeds so I can go inside the dirt, and water daily. I have pictures, ill post them once I find them.
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This is after 2 days


On the 4th day, the plant pot should be crowded of millet and depending on how many sunflowers and safflowers you planted too. The millet will grow about 5 inches long. I haven't had much success with the sunflowers because the lizards here ate them. All the things you planted from your birds seeds is edible from any stage of growth. The sunflower seed will fall from the plants head on its own.

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I will definitely throw some in a planter. That looks so easy! Do they like it?

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They don't like it...they LOVE it!
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Even fussy birds like cockatiels!? I find it SO hard to get my 3 to try anything

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I put the whole pot in the aviary, at first, the most curious one will check it out, once it takes a bite more and more birds will come. Its really fun to watch. They also like to play in the pot. All my 9 birds ate from it. Cockatiels eat millet grass in the wild.
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my seeds are starting to grow, i can wait until spring to plan in the ground (its hard right now with 3 feet of snow!).

Daisy- i would love it if you made this thread a sticky

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Done! It's great to see everybody's methods

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I grow bird seeds outside. You don't need to soak it at all. All you do it sprinkle some seeds in the dirt, then with a stick, mix in the seeds so I can go inside the dirt, and water daily. I have pictures, ill post them once I find them.
Hi,
Interesting to put the seeds in a pot. You mentioned putting the whole pot in the cage for the birds to eat. Does this include dirt too? Wont the birds like get all dirty doing this? Just curious.

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