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anybody raise sprouts to feed the chickens?

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My chickens love when I move the tractor to a new patch of ground. I was amazed at how much grass they eat and how much they seem to love it, but the grass is officially gone for this year. I was thinking they my enjoy it if I started sprouts.

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I sprout bird seed for my girls and they love it. I have 3 glass jars going at once so I have a steady supply for them.

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I picked up a bunch of flower seeds, would those be OK?

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I have no idea about flower seeds but would think they would be fine. Anyone else know?

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Originally Posted by zoe88 

I have no idea about flower seeds but would think they would be fine. Anyone else know?


Black Oil Sunflower Seed is an ideal treat high in protein and oil for their feathers. They eat them whole, and it's just fine as long as they have access to bare ground or grit. Striped sunflower is larger, slightly harder to digest, lower in oil, but is higher in protein.


Edited by Pet Duck Boy - 11/30/10 at 2:57pm
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Ducks rule, but so do chickens. Proud owner of one female pekin named Sunny.
3 RIR/PRs and 2 EEs. 5 hens 28+ weeks old and almost full size! Please visit my dragons
http://dragcave.net/user/Pet_Duck_Boy114
I'm the Cocky Cockeral of BYC!
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I wasn't entirely happy with the food available at our feed mill so I began to supplement.  I started sprouting a few weeks ago.  I'm hooked!  Its a super food, and dirt cheap.  So far I've tried wheat kernals, whole green peas, and adzuki beans.  I've got a pantry full of dried foods I'd like to try.  I have 2-3 jars going, covered with cheesecloth and an elastic band.  Chickens love them - they are excited by their little roots (suppose they look bug like?).  I would like to see the family use them as well hmm.

Tip: remember to rinse a couple times a day otherwise they don't stay fresh.

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frow
I sprout
As part of my home made feed mix I sprout, BOSS, Wheat and Oats...
The birds appreciate it during our long winters.
I am very pleased with the performance and health of my birds.
ON

"Nothing is lost, nothing is created ... all is transformed. Nothing is the prey of death. All is the prey of life."-- Antoine Béchamp

The "blues"  Ameraucana and Marans
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"Nothing is lost, nothing is created ... all is transformed. Nothing is the prey of death. All is the prey of life."-- Antoine Béchamp

The "blues"  Ameraucana and Marans
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I sprout wheat grass for the whole menagerie.

1 Silkie, 2 Polish, 2 Americana, 1 Corgi, 1 Cairn terrier, 1 Cat
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1 Silkie, 2 Polish, 2 Americana, 1 Corgi, 1 Cairn terrier, 1 Cat
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Originally Posted by Organics North 

frow
I sprout
As part of my home made feed mix I sprout, BOSS, Wheat and Oats...
The birds appreciate it during our long winters.
I am very pleased with the performance and health of my birds.
ON


BOSS?

post #10 of 670

ya know, this thread kinda encouraged me to sprout for my birds hmm i think I'll try that! big_smile

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