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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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Default sprouts... how often and how much?

I am going to try sprouting this week. I've found plenty of info on how to sprout, but I haven't seen anything about how much and how often to give them for a single budgie. My current schedule is:

- offer a fresh fruit or veggie first thing in the morning (these often go untouched, but we're working on it!)
- 2 tsp of seed when I take the fresh food out
- pellets are available at all times
- He also gets egg food once a week on the weekend.

Would I just replace the fresh fruit/veggie with a couple tsp of sprouts a few days a week?

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You can offer your budgie sprouts every day if you wish to do so in addition to the fresh fruit/vegetable.

Sprouts are very healthy for budgies, low fat and your little Albie can eat as much of them as he likes.
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Did somebody say sprouts? My ears just perked up.

Like FaeryBee said, you can feed your bird sprouts every day. They are so much better than dry seeds!

What will you be sprouting? Do you have a sprouting container? What method are you using?
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Did somebody say sprouts? My ears just perked up.

Like FaeryBee said, you can feed your bird sprouts every day. They are so much better than dry seeds!

What will you be sprouting? Do you have a sprouting container? What method are you using?
For my first attempt I am going to try sprouting some of the Volkman's seed I normally use (after picking out the non-seed bits). There are a number of reviews on Amazon say it can be sprouted.

I am going to try using the mason jar method shown here since I have all the supplies on hand already. If that goes well I'll have to try some other things too.
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Definitely let us know how it goes with the Volkman seeds.

I have more Volkman Seed on order right now so if you have good luck sprouting yours, I'll sprout some of mine in my
VICTORIO Sprouter. VICTORIO Sprouter.

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That sprouter looks neat! I may have to try that someday after Albie has really taken to sprouts so I can have a nice little compact place to have multiple batches going at once.
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I need one of these!

For anyone in the UK looking for the
Victorio sprouter Victorio sprouter
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Great post. Have been looking into this for the boys.
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Definitely let us know how it goes with the Volkman seeds.
I was able to get some sprouts with the Volkman seeds using a mason jar, but I don't think I'm going to continue with this method. Volkman just has too many other non-sproutable things mixed in. I tried to pick it all out before sprouting, but it's time consuming and definitely not something I want to do on a regular basis.

I ended up ordering a Lil Bird sprouting kit (organic seed mix plus a sprouter) from Sprout People and plan to order a Victorio Sprouter to try as well. I'm excited to try them when they arrive!

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Volkman seeds sprout well, but like Jen said, there are a lot of little blue bits and other things that are a pain to pick out. I had been using mason jars but haven't done sprouts since last summer because it has been too time consuming to prevent the metal rims from rusting. When I save up a little more money I would like to order some plastic mason rims from Sprout People and also try the Lil Bird mix. Jen, you should let us know how your budgies like the Lil Bird mix!
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