I was messing around with lids, jars, and cans over this last week. I already had a big plastic coffee can of scratch soaking (mostly drained after 12 hours...but rinsed every few-6 hours to avoid molding) since Wednesday too. I used to sprout alfalfa sprouts to eat myself a few years ago and figured...why not again? For myself and the chickens. Well, I don't have any human grade sprouts for myself, but there's a possibility for the chickens with the scratch until I can find wheat, etc..
Well to shorten this saga a bit.. I found a large canning ring WILL fit a regular sized 24oz can (like the 24oz pasta sauce cans, but regular canning jars will work with the screening too...but mine are too valuable for this usage! for chicken sprouts!)..the extra little bit of fiberglass screen wire will make it hard to snap on... and the devil to get off! Just cut the "other" end off after ya empty the can, wash and cut an oversized hunk of either aluminum or fiberglass thin scrap screening up...snap the large canning ring around the screen and the end of the can...trim screening (pantyhose..clean...works too) to fit/look good and fill 'er up with pre-soaked seeds of some sort...and it's a drain-able/rinse-able a couple times a day (cheap?) reusable sprouting jar/can of about the size to use for a daily treat/fodder of sorts for a couple of days for 10-15 chickens. I prefer they get the main nutrition from the 16% layer feed..But this way they even eat the seeds they normally ignore...millet, etc.
Warning...the cracked corn in "shorts"/scratch will start to **ferment** in just a little time (hours)... avoid letting it sit in water or soaking under water for more then 2-3 days or your chickens may just get a buzz from it....lol But even with that said... after the first 12 hours or so soak and a quick rinse (removes dirt) and DRAIN I catch the drippings afterwards (the flat plastic pan in the pic) and pour them in a flat watering pan the chickens drink out of...it's loaded with dissolved carbs, some proteins, and of course some hooch but in small very small amounts. Mine love it straight up! lol
There is also an old pickle jar with holes punched in the lid to drain, but the opened both ends cans are easier to mess with and rinse. The flat plastic storage thing has a lost/gone forever top somewhere in the universe...probably right next to all of the lost mates of socks over the years.. The plastic thing with 1/2"x1/2" grid is a section of an old lay-in light grid I had in my shop....it allows excellent drainage. I rinse, and just sit them upside down on top of the gridded stuff in the plastic flat to collect the drippings.. simple enuff I even thought of it..(good thing too! lol)
Do you think the reason the corn ferments is that it is hybrid corn and won't sprout? I saw a guy on Youtube that put a very small amount of bleach in the initial 24 hour soak to help prevent mold. I am having a hard time can't get my chickens to eat millet as well. I have some old glass wide mouth Miracle Whip jars that I am think about using for sprouting.