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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods

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Old 04-28-2015, 02:36 PM
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i moved pictures on my photobucket and so all the pics in my other thread did not show, so i am reposting! there are some new photos at the bottom!

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
- mesh
- 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

EDIT:

this is seeds on the second day of sprouting, when i feed them.




also, i used this method on beans and it did make them sprout. i also continued this method for several more days until the leave started to develop. the fids did not really care for the sprouts and prefer to eat them on the second day

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Great info. Do you dry your sprouted day 2 seeds off before feeding? Do the birds have any trouble husking them?
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i do not dry them. i rinse them the night before (as i normally would) and if some of the seeds are bone dry in the morning then i rinse, if they all seem a little moist then i just feed them.

they have no trouble husking them. leon had an overgrown beak for a while and he could eat them fine. all my birds love them, even the picky ones.

i forgot if i mentioned it, but i am using Higgins Supreme Parakeet blend. it only has about 4 types of seeds in it so there is none wasted in my flock (they don't care for the seed mixes with odd seeds or unusual pellets mixed in, they get zupreem pellets on the side)
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Great info. Do you dry your sprouted day 2 seeds off before feeding? Do the birds have any trouble husking them?
I just got into sprouting too, and my birds like it wet I think. It's still gorged with water and soft so it makes husking easier especially for longer grains like oats/flax.
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I am going to try it and feed on day 2 also. I have offered my birds sprouts before that had more development than 2 days and they were afraid of them and did not go near them. The day 2 still look enough like just seeds that maybe they will go for them.
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My birds are the same. When they really start to sprout the root, they will touch a few of them to see what they are and then leave them alone. I will be starting to grow seed soon, so I will take some pics of the progress also
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I just want to put an update:

i started sprouting again (i do it on/off so i can wash the jars in between) and the last time i sprouted i would start soaking in the morning and i would forget to drain and rinse them that night, therefore leaving them soaking for 24 hours, and making sprouting take 2 days. this time around i am back to keeping my self on schedule for soaking then morning to night and then draining and rinsing them at night. it might just be the warmer weather, but the following morning, i am able to feed the sprouts because they look like the "2 day sprouts" from above.

this has made it convenient because i am not filling up counter space with lots of jars to keep a supply going for every day, but it also allows me to wash one jar and use another. for example i used jar 1 to soak sprout and feed and then when i start a new jar for the next day, i use jar 2 and soak jar 1 with vinegar and water. the next day i sprout with jar 1 and wash jar 2, etc etc. This keeps a clean jar available for the next day. when the newly cleaned jar is dry, i fill it with the desired about of seed and put the mesh and lid back on so it is all ready to fill with water to soak.

this keeps a steady daily supply of fresh "living" sprouts for the fids, with using limited space!
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