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Sprouted seeds

Does anyone here feed them to their birds? How different are they from normal seeds in terms of nutrition? Sorry if these questions seem stupid x
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Sprouting seeds activates enzymes in them and changes a lot of the nutrition, they are much better for your bird. The best time to feed is when the root just starts poking thru. Some seeds such as most beans should not be fed sprouted... Most beans should be thoroughly cooked before feeding. Mung and adzuki beans are ok to sprout. Most birds will accept sprouted seeds cuz they look and taste familiar. Chia and flax are not great for sprouting cuz they get very slimy and clumpy.
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Sprouting seeds activates enzymes in them and changes a lot of the nutrition, they are much better for your bird. The best time to feed is when the root just starts poking thru. Some seeds such as most beans should not be fed sprouted... Most beans should be thoroughly cooked before feeding. Mung and adzuki beans are ok to sprout. Most birds will accept sprouted seeds cuz they look and taste familiar. Chia and flax are not great for sprouting cuz they get very slimy and clumpy.

Well said.
I cannot add much to this.
Except maybe about care when sprouting.
Rinse and rinse. I like to advise is smell feel and taste will tell you if they are bad.
Soak seed is just that, seed soaked over night rinsed and served.
Sprouted takes a few days in most climates.
I have found that most birds that I have feed sprouts to have taken to eating them without to much effort.
I do mainly Mung beans as they are full of goodies, though a bit high in sugars.


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I personally don't use sprouts myself, but my birds absolutely adore soak seed and I will mix it in with all their other foods. Even the aviary birds, who aren't on the natural diet I feed the indoor birds!

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Some of the info on the net re Mung Bean Sprouts. And why they are so good as a natural food. Fresh, no additives, no preservatives, easy to digest, and super cheap, easy to give fresh every day.
That delivers vitamins A, B, C, and E, in addition to an assortment of minerals including Calcium, Iron, and Potassium. magnesium. In a all natural form.

Does this hypothetical advertisement interest you as a parrot owner? "Wanted: Live, organic, taste-tempting food crop for parrots; must cost no more than twenty to forty cents per pound and must grow in a very limited space without soil, sunlight, or fertilizer; must be ready to harvest in less than a week; must contain abundant natural vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and protein."
Sprouts are the only food on the planet that meets these seemingly impossible requirements. The germinating seed is in the maximum growth phase of the immature plant. It has been described as "a chemical vitamin factory in high gear, cranking out antioxidants and chlorophyll, and repackaging minerals and trace elements in a more bio-available form." All of the stored food and enzymes needed for the growth of an entire new plant are mobilized as the seed sprouts. Protein, carbohydrates and fats are broken down (predigested) to free up amino acids, simple sugars and soluble compounds. Essential minerals such as calcium and magnesium are supplied by sprouts in chelated form for better assimilation.
If you have put off sprouting seeds, grains and legumes for your birds because you have heard warnings about dangerous fungal and bacterial contamination, it is time to give sprouting a second look. Sprouts are as safe as any other fresh food. There are natural preservatives that can be used to avoid the possibility of contaminated sprouts if you need reassurance of their safety. Detailed information will be included here.


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http://www.landofvos.com/articles/sprouts.html


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This was really helpful x Thanks everyone x
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50% of my birds diet is made up of sprouts, there are a lot of benefits.. it is said there are greater amount of enzymes in sprouts than what there is in raw foods.
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