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1)Should I offer both or are the sprouted seeds a replacement for the "dry" seeds?
2)How much is too much? He might like the more then millet (maybe it's the novelty?) I've been adding fresh sprouted seeds throughout the day and he has been eating like he's starved. Is there any reason to "limit" sprouts?
Greyjoy is LOVING his first go at sprouts.


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Old 05-29-2015, 11:59 PM
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That is pretty awesome....congrat's. Sprouted seed has a lot more nutrient's and less fat than regular seed, so you can let him enjoy but we can overfeed our little friend's even with good stuff. How much are you letting the seed sprout ? When the tail first start's popping out is when it is the best nutrition wise, the longer they get the less nutritional value. I'd still let him have a little seed as a treat here and there because they love to eat seed, good mental stimulation for them too...
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That is pretty awesome....congrat's. Sprouted seed has a lot more nutrient's and less fat than regular seed, so you can let him enjoy but we can overfeed our little friend's even with good stuff. How much are you letting the seed sprout ? When the tail first start's popping out is when it is the best nutrition wise, the longer they get the less nutritional value. I'd still let him have a little seed as a treat here and there because they love to eat seed, good mental stimulation for them too...

Thank you for your answer, it's really reassuring.
He has been absolutely obsessed with the stuff today. It's been so strange to not hear the sounds of hulls cracking as he eats.

So here's what I did:
Yesterday I took some of the seed mix I bought when I bought GJ and I put it in a small mason jar and covered it with water. I rinsed it several times throughout the day because what we have has some weird nonseed stuff in it that dissolved and made the water cloudy. Then before bed I turned the whole deal upside down and let it sit. In the AM not much had sprouted but I fed it anyways and he seemed to like it. I took the rest and transferred them to a damp paper towel that I have been keeping wet all day. About 4-6 times today I've cleaned out his sprout dish and added another 1/4 teaspoon. So he's gotten them at different amounts sprouted today. This isn't something I can keep up daily, so I am trying to gather information and experiment.
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experimenting is good to do my friend. Find what work's best for you, as there are a ton of different way's to sprout. I am lazy and don't do enough of it myself, when I do, I put my seed in a mason jar and fill it with enough water for it to soak overnight. the next day, I empty the water and put in fresh water to agitate and rinse and then just dump it out. I then just rinse it again later that day, and maybe early the next, and by then it is sprouting. I'm thinking about getting a sprouting kit with the tray's and trying that. I'm sure you find it gratifying to see the sprout's eaten with gusto, I know I do...keep up the good work..
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That's great that your budgie loves it. I'm hoping mine will too. I'm just about to start sprouting also... Can budgies eat sprouted sunflower seed, or are their beaks too small?

What kinds of seed sprouts are the ones that are budgie favorites?
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I'm intending to sprout - White French, Panorama, Red, Japanese and Shirohie Millets, Panicum, wheat, Sorghum, Dehulled oats, Canary seed, Canola seed and Linseed - these are what is in the dry seed mix...are they OK ? Thanks
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One of the gifted champion budgie breeders, Judges, and genetics experts, Gordon Davis once told me if I have a single choice use mung beans and wait till 3 seed leaves develop to get the maximum nutrition to my birds. He fed all of his bird species sprouts. The smaller seeds become rancid sooner than the larger sprouts like mung or sun flower seeds. Higgins sells a sprouting seed mix to try as well as ladygouldianfinch and other more expensive set ups available on the net. The sprouts are great nutrition for people, dogs, cats, rabbits etc. We found a sprouted seed cold salad in a box in the grocery store that is yummy. I love the texture with a bit of oil and vinegar and spices. Great with avocado sandwiches too!! What is great is it can be as simple as rinsing seeds repeatedly in a jar or go to the rinsing grids and separate chambers. Warmth/sun/ fresh water/and repeated rinsing each day for 2 to 4 days/ then refrigerate container. We keep 3 cycles going so we have sprouts ready everyday. The only minor issue is that fresh greens can make a birds droppings more watery than normal. So adjust cycle for each flock.We buy organic from the health food store or farmers market.

We feed dry seed/pellet mix in gravity feed canning jars with planit feet and it is available 24/7 and sprouts one to several times per day to the flock and breeding families and chicks. It is so cute to see a chick running around with a sprout protruding from its little beak.

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experimenting is good to do my friend. Find what work's best for you, as there are a ton of different way's to sprout. I am lazy and don't do enough of it myself, when I do... <snip>
It was a little intimidating reading all the sprout posts here. It's been fun to try out and see that it's more complicated in writing than when you actually do it. Since I only have one bird I can really scale down the amount.

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That's great that your budgie loves it. I'm hoping mine will too. I'm just about to start sprouting also... Can budgies eat sprouted sunflower seed, or are their beaks too small?

What kinds of seed sprouts are the ones that are budgie favorites?
Since I was just trying it out I took about a tablespoon of his normal parakeet seed mix and sprouted that. His favorite sprouted seeds are the same ones he enjoys dry.

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I'm intending to sprout - White French, Panorama, Red, Japanese and Shirohie Millets, Panicum, wheat, Sorghum, Dehulled oats, Canary seed, Canola seed and Linseed - these are what is in the dry seed mix...are they OK ? Thanks
I literally used his normal seed mix. I'm not ready to get to "fancy" and this was soooo easy!

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One of the gifted champion budgie breeders, Judges, and genetics experts, Gordon Davis once told me if I have a single choice use mung beans and wait till 3 seed leaves develop to get the maximum nutrition to my birds. He fed all of his bird species sprouts. The smaller seeds become rancid sooner than the larger sprouts like mung or sun flower seeds.
Well that makes me more interested in trying to sprout mung beans. The people in our home of enjoyed sprouted grain bread for years.
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