Hey everyone. As you guys may or may not know, I have my kids on a seed based diet. A fifth to a quarter (probably less) of their diet consists a veggies and the occasional fruit. A quarter to a third, and sometimes half of their diet, consists of sprouted millets, canaryseed, flax, and wheat. The rest is made up of dry seed. I also occasionally give them sprouted spray millet as a nice and healthy treat.
So I was wondering, can I sprout a bunch of seed, then dehydrate it to give to them as their dry portion of their seed that they nibble on throughout the day? They really like the healthier foods that I'm giving them, but they seem to enjoy having some snacks consisting of dry seed. What do you guys think?
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I think the idea of sprouting is to give them very nutritious foods.
Not sure dehydrating would serve any purpose. I do not even put my sprout in the fridge as I feel that alone is detracting from sprouting fresh foods.
If you soak the seed just until a tiny white dot appears, before an actual shoot comes out, then you can let them dry and feed like dry seed. They won't last long as they are alive and will go off if left for days, but they can be put out for the day like dry seed and have the extra nutrients of sprouted seed. In fact if you refrigerate them they should last a few days, the cold will just slow down the growth of the seed and anything that you don't want that maybe on them.
That way you are just providing them with seed that is nutrient boosted.
Dehydrating the sprouts should be okay. You could even make sprout crackers from them. Dehydrating food would not kill many of the nutritional benefits of sprouting your seed, and it would make it last longer; a month in the refrigerator. With winter and the changeable sprouting time, this could be one way to ensure you always have sprouts on hand for your birds.
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I plant deer foliage and wild bird seeds in containers with mulch and topsoil when grown I set the container in the cage they eat the plants and dig up the roots they also eat the dry seeds I have 18 parakeets.