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Old 09-08-2016, 10:56 PM
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Question Sprouting issue

So I started soaking a new (to me) sprouting mix the other day. After the initial soak I noticed a few of the seeds (and all the same type) had... fuzz? around them. Except it didn't seem totally like fuzz. It looked like a gelatinous coating. Almost like an egg white. I start my usual routine of rinsing and straining and by this evening those one definitely looked more opaque. I tossed the whole lot. None of the other seeds were affected.

I've never had this happen before. My jar and strainer screen were washed and rinsed in extra hot water before hand. The bag of seed looks and smells great, and so did the soaked ones.

Did I jump the gun on dumping them? I wish I had taken pics of them, post-soak or at least before dumping I have started a new batch and see if it happens again.

Could it just be this particular type of seed does that? Any other thoughts? I know, with no pics it's super hard, sorry.

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I'm not an expert (still learning and I am a first time budgie owner) but it may be because the white fuzz was possibly fungus/mould? Again, I'm not sure but could be.
Try comparing it to the other seeds you're sprouting. If they sprout well and that only seed grows mould again, it's possibly its just that type of seed. I wouldn't recommended feeding a seed with possibly fungus/mould to your budgies though (of course.)

How did you grow it? Did you just plant them straight into the soil or did you place it in a paper towel? If in the soil, maybe try germinating it first (placing in a plastic container, wrap the seed in a thin-ish layer of paper towel and wetting it a bit when watering.. OR instead of a plastic container, you could put it in a zip lock bag and then give it a bit of sunlight.).
The white fuzz could be caused by the temperature (hot/cold), too much water, and/or the soil condition (whether it's too damp, too dry, healthy or unhealthy) .
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You have done the right thing by tossing them

Don't use them even if they don't smell good because in moist and humid condition Bacteria also thrive like E.coli which can cause serious diarrhoea
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Do you know what type of seeds had the gelatinous coating? There are seeds that will do this. Any type of FLAX seed, and CHIA seeds. They are fine to feed with this coating, just rinse well before feeding to remove a bit of it.

A "Fuzzy" looking seed can also be a result of the actual sprout part. if you look closely, you'll see that the fuzz is actually part of the germinating root, and is totally fine!
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Michelle is absolutely right. When I was sprouting, I had this happen, and tossed and wasted countless trays of good sprouts because of it. Of course it is possible that it was mold, but there's a good chance that if the sprouts has a decent tail, that the "fuzz" was tiny sprout part. If you look really closely, you should be able to see the parts of the tail better. So long as you properly drain your sprouts and seeds, you shouldn't have a problem. Btw, you don't need sunlight at this point, as sunlight is only really necessary after they start growing green bits.

Here's a site to better explain it:

https://freshsprouts.dk/roothair

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Do you know what type of seeds had the gelatinous coating? There are seeds that will do this. Any type of FLAX seed, and CHIA seeds. They are fine to feed with this coating, just rinse well before feeding to remove a bit of it.

A "Fuzzy" looking seed can also be a result of the actual sprout part. if you look closely, you'll see that the fuzz is actually part of the germinating root, and is totally fine!
Thanks everyone for the replies!

It's definitely not tail roots- This is within minutes of starting my initial soak.

BUT i just looked at the ingredient list and the IS Flax seed in there! So that makes sense now!

Here's the list.
Millet
Unhulled Sunflower
Unhulled Buckwheat
Wheat
Red Lentils
Blue Lentils
Adzuki Beans
Mung Beans
Canadian Brown Flax Seeds
Alfalfa
Radish
Quinoa
Sesame

I grabbed a pic after the 8 hour soak this morning.


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Looking at it close-up I can see it's a flax seed! So YAY!

It's a really nice organic mix. I was so bummed when I thought it was bad. Thanks again for all the responses!
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Yay!

Another helpful tip.... My birds tend to fling the flax seeds, and they get stuck EVERYWHERE because of the coating on them. If your cage is anywhere near a wall or fancy furniture, you may want to cover it.
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ROFL! That's good to know! As a previous Lorikeet owner, I know too well about having to scrub walls. LOL!
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This thread was very useful for me to read. I've only sprouted once and the seed mix did not contain chia or flax. Now I know if I ever sprout those that the fuzziness/gel is OK.
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