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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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Hi everyone,
I'm sprouting my own seeds for the Mal and Merc, and I have a quick question regards the "off" smell. Can anyone try and describe it for me.

The seeds I'm sprouting don't smell bad, exactly, but they do have a fragrance. Is that normal, or should sprouting seeds be essentially odourless?

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it all depends on what type of seeds you are sprouting.

they should smell "earthy" and "fresh", almost sweet.

If you take a whiff and it smells sour, or makes your nose curl up, then they've gone bad and you should start a new batch.

Don'r forget to rinse rinse and rinse. I do it at least three times a day to keep them moist and fresh.
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Thanks, PoukieBear. They're more sweet than sour, so I guess they're okay!
I have been rinsing, and also using sanicleanse (bird safe fungal inhibitor) to try and keep them good during their soak.

Thanks again!
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Sweet is good Do you have Fenugreek in your mix? It always makes my sprouts smell sweet like honey. yum!
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I second tossing the seeds if they start smelling sour. My seeds always seem to go funky if I'm sprouting them. Might be the batch I'm trying to sprout Also don't worry if fine white hairs appear on the seeds' roots. As long as you're not over soaking them, they're part of the developing root system.

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Hello.

I use Bragg's Apple Cider vinegar (with "mother" in it) with water to keep it fresh and kill any and all bacteria or fungal growth during the sprouting process. I will do this a few times when it is time to rinse. I let the seeds sit in ACV and water mix, approximately 3 to 4 minutes then rinse well and set in the sprouter until the next rinse.

Seed should not smell funky -- the should have a nice fresh aroma. I also try a few to taste.

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