Originally Posted by nchvac
It seems that some folks are referring to micro greens as sprouts. Sprouts aren't grown in dirt from what I know. To my understanding sprouts aren't green because they haven't been exposed to sunlight which gets the chlorophyll activated. I have been researching and am finding the micro greens to be more beneficial due to the chlorophyll and some of the hulls in sprout seeds containing anti nutrients. Am I reading the right information?
Where are you all getting your BOSS and other seeds like Brocoli and Chia?
I know it is off topic, but I am searching for an old post I read on this site years ago. The topic was discussing growing your own chicken feed. Someone posted something to the extent of "I don't know why you all aren't growing ___________, which is a very high protein plant that is easy to grow- hasn't caught on in the US and is mostly for livestock feed where it is grown". I want to say it may have been a root vegtable but I can't remember. I do recall they said it didn't have much taste but was very healthy. Any ideas?
Re: sprouts vs. microgreens. Microgreens are grown in soil. Sprouts are grown in a moist environment which is provided with frequent rinsing. This keeps the seeds/sprouts damp, and also keeps them from getting moldy or rancid. Sprouts are typically served before they send out their first true leaves. Fodder is sprouts that have been allowed to mature a bit more, so there is more leafy growth. Sprouts can be exposed to sunlight to develop their chlorophyl before serving, which I always do, and which IMO improves the nutrient of them.
I get BOSS from a bag intended for bird feed. I also sprout millet, wheat and barley. And have bought a product similar to "Plot Strike" which is a mixture of seeds meant to be planted to attract deer. It is sold in a grain formulation, and a brassica formulation. I was not happy with the germination of the brassica formulation that I bought. When ever you buy seed for sprouting, be sure it's not heat treated, and not treated with any pesticides/herbicides. If it's meant to be used for animal feed it should be safe, however... read your labels well! See below post by CC!
The high protein plant referred to may have been Comfrey. There is a strain of Comfrey from Russia which is sterile. Comfrey seed can't be bought commerically here, at least in my area b/c it is invasive. So, I bought the Russian plants, and have planted them throughout my orchard. Where ever you plant it... plan on it being a permanent planting. I've heard the only way to get rid of it is to have your chickens graze it continually. It is reported to be 30% protein. Check (Coe's comfrey) for a source of the Bocking variety. You might have also been hearing about mangels, or some of the other big root vegetables that are often used for cattle feed.
Quote Lacy Blues: "Milo is not toxic if you sprout the sprouts so they are longer than the seed itself. I've grown them to an inch or more and had no ill effects."
I find it interesting that so many plants are labeled as "toxic". This is an other reason that comfrey was removed from seed catalogs. Do your research, and then decide if you want to feed it to your animals. I grew Sorghum (milo) last year. It was an impressive plant and grew 9 feet tall. After it set seed heads, I'd knock one down every day, and the flock would go nuts in a feeding frenzy eating the seeds. I find it interesting that it's put in bird seed and yet it's supposed to be toxic! Of course, when ever I've had a seed mix with milo, the birds toss it on the ground! I'm guessing that the other seeds in the mix tasted better. BTW, my flock ate the sorghum without any deaths! And they have yet to keel over from eating comfrey, though it's just getting established, so they haven't had much access. Comfrey is also a great "miner" plant, with a root system that goes 10' deep. So the leaves are packed with lots of minerals. The plant makes a great addition to compost, as well as being useful for animal feed.
Originally Posted by ChickenCanoe
Read the seed labels.
I went to my local feed store to see if they had anything to sprout. I start growing fodder this time of year and my source of barley dried up.
I asked what the largest bag of oat groats they had (usually it is 5 lbs.) they said 50 lbs. I said I'll take a bag (they were out though)
I asked if they had barley (they had never carried it before) and they said they had 50 lb. bags.
I said I'd take one if it was feed grade. They said it was untreated seed so should be OK.
Just before I opened the bag when I got home, I turned it over and it said NOT FOR FEED - contains one or more of the following. There was a list of pesticides and fungicides.
They tried to poison my chickens.
Never trust an employee at a feed store!!! Do your homework!!! Good catch, CC.