As you all know already, I have a “slight” obsession with sprouts. If it can be sprouted, I’m excited about it!
I’ve decided to put together a simple step by step guide to how I do my sprouting. There are many different ways to sprout, but this way (In my opinion) is the easiest, fastest, foolproof way to do it.
First, let me say that I have OCD. This will explain what you’re about to see in the coming pictures. LOL
Everything is sealed tight in matching Mason Jars, and sorted into categories.
1) Yellow Peas
2) Green Peas
3) Chick Peas
4) Red Lentils
5) Green Lentils
6) Mung Beans
SEEDS & SMALL GRAINS
7) Sesame Seeds
10) Sunflower seeds
11) Brown Flax & Golden Flax seeds
12) Broccoli, Alfalfa, Radish, Mustard, Clover, Radish, Arugula
15) Red, Black, White Quinoa
16) White Millet, Red Millet, Nyger seed, Canary seed, Canola seed
18) Brown Rice (short)
21) Wild Rice
Hagen's Budgie seed mix is the best (that I've found) seed mix for sprouting. It's clean, no added colours or pellets, and always sprouts perfectly.
In a large bowl, I mix equal parts of all my goodies. (Except the Hagen seed mix) I use 1/4 cup of everything so that I have lots of dry mix ready for the next couple of weeks.
Once it is all mixed together, I store it in a mason jar (Because clearly I have a healthy obsession with them!)
Use Equal parts of the sprouting blend and the Hagen budgie seed. Depending on how many birds you are feeding, you can adjust the amount that you soak. For the purpose of this thread, I've used 1 tablespoon of each (Since the majority of people are only feeding one or two budgies)
1Tbls of Sprout blend
1Tbls of Hagen Budgie seed
Give the sprout mix a good rinse, to get rid of any dirt or dust.
Fill the sprouting container with clean water, and allow to soak for 8 - 12 hours.
Once the soak is done, drain the container and give the sprouts another good rinse. You can store these on your counter, away from sunlight (They don't need light to sprout).
When the soak is done, the sprouts are ready to feed to your bird. You do not need to wait for a sprout tail to appear, since the beneficial changes in the seed is already happening on the inside.
The seeds have now woken up from their dormant stage, are lower in fat and carbohydrates, higher in protein and vitamins.
Don't forget to rinse your spouts a couple of times a day. This keeps them fresh and moist, and will continue the sprouting process.
You can feed the sprouts on their own, or you can mix them up with a vegetable chop if your birds are used to eating veggies.