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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 Do sprouted seeds could towards daily seed rations?

I know it's a good idea to offer budgies 1 1/2 - 2 tsp of seed a day, but I was wondering if I served sprouted seeds to Kowhai, does that count towards his daily seed ration?

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I donít count sprouted seeds towards the seed ration, but Iím curious to see what others say!
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I think we can so easily tie ourselves in knots when we delve deeply into these things.

In general, sprouting will reduce the fat content on the seeds - I think itís best if we consider sprouts to be (as they are) part way between seeds and vegetables.
Therefore, if you offer sprouts daily and the sprouts are in the very early stages of germination, then maybe it would be best to keep your seed allowance to the lower end of the recommended amount.
Conversely, if you offer sprouts only occasionally or in the later stages of germination, then I would simply view them as vegetables.
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I believe Julia has summed up the explanation perfectly and I agree 100%!
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Julia has provided a perfect explanation , as seeds change to become fresh produce .
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I only give 1 teaspoon each of sprouted seeds as their daily ration as recommended by my vet. The only time they get plain dry seed is as a treat.
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I never realized you could sprout the dried seeds (I thought it was only special 'sprout mixes')! I'm going to try to sprout the dried seeds I normally feed Kowhai and we'll see how it goes. All my personal sprouting attempts have been...uh...not very successful. :>
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I found this to be a very interesting question! Plumpy will really only eat seeds that have been soaked for ~12-24 hours. It must soften them up a bit. The only dry seed she will eat is canary seeds and not very many.

So if I'm soaking the seed mix for only this short time then would you still count them as "seeds" I'm assuming? Also just to add another factor, when you soak or sprout seeds they do tend to expand their volume a little bit, so might that also affect how much to give... But I think that might be overthinking things
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