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Old 03-05-2015, 11:57 PM
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Question sprouting budgie seeds?

I've always tossed the leftover seeds into the garden and just realized that they've sprouted into little greens... are these safe or healthy to feed to my budgies? Has this been done before?

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Old 03-06-2015, 12:04 AM
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Yes, most certainly.
You soak the seeds overnight, then put them in a strainer. Rinse them several times a day, by day two they should start to sprout, that's when you can start feeding them.
It is really a good improvement for plain seeds.

My last seed mix contained pellets, those need to be washed out...


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Ah thank you! That link is great too. Is it preferable to seeds overall? Diet replaced with the sprouts?
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As long as the dirt it's been growing in is clean of bad chemicals and stuff, sprouting budgie seeds is perfectly safe.
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I have been taking their leftovers from their seed dish and throwing them in sterile soil and have grown them out pretty big. After a few weeks they don't seem to like the tast as much as when the year several days old. Lol I had something growing in the window for about a month that looked like a chia pet on steroids. I ended up tossing it in the end because they hated the bigger greens. Just make sure your not using fertilizer in the garden and it should be fine.
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well, fertilizer is what feeds the plant: You remove plants from the soil, you remove nutrients (AKA fertilizer)

The plant does not know the difference between an artificial fertilizer and a natural one, as the chemical compounds plants can take up are identical.

Problems arise when too much fertilizer is brought out at one time and the components leach into the ground water.
That is where natural fertilizers rock, as they generally speaking are slow release and unlikely to leach (however, an abundance of manure can also cause problems, but with a few small birds, not so much).

pesticides is what one want's to avoid in a home garden setting, but even there, not all are created equal. (And some things simply must die! Japanese Beetle and Poison Ivy, I am looking at you!)

But, to get back on topic: To sprout seeds one does not need soil. Just a fine mesh strainer, or a sprouter, if one wants to be fancy. A mason jar with cheese cloth (I used a piece of window screen) will do just dandy: after you soak the seeds, you turn the jar over to let ecxess water drain out.
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I give my birds organic sprouted lentils and it's the first thing they eat. They are very easy to sprout and are of good nutritional value to your birds.
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My Parakeets eats Parakeet,wild bird,and deer plot seeds sprouted or not they also eat plants grown from these seeds.
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I have a four tray sprouter like the one shown in the link below:

Amazon.com: Victorio VKP1014  4-Tray Kitchen Seed Sprouter: Kitchen & Dining Amazon.com: Victorio VKP1014 4-Tray Kitchen Seed Sprouter: Kitchen & Dining

I love it!
It doesn't take up much room on the counter and is very easy to use.

I'd highly recommend this product to anyone planning to do much sprouting.

With regard to the sprouts growing in your garden from the bird seed you've tossed out, as long as the seeds are growing in "clean" pesticide free dirt, the sprouts are quite safe and healthy to feed your budgies.
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Sprouts are their nutritional best from germination to when the tails are 1/2in long, after that they are not as good, but still ok to feed.
Budgies are ground feeders, so it is natural for them to forage on the ground and eat shoots as well as seeds.
And you do not need any complicated gear to sprout. It is best to sprout only enough for a few days as it is not good to put them in the fridge. Fresh is best.

Yes to your question about sprouts. They are far superior to seeds as a food.
Mung beans sprouts are a fantastic source of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements in a totally natural source. There is no other foods you can feed that come anywhere near them.
And just to note there are plenty of other seeds and grains you can add to your normal seed mix.

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