I would not start with legumes, too many toxins in the raw state. Try corn, wheat, oats, or sunflower.
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I've found somewhat similar results with my girls and wheat sprouts. I let my sprouts get to the point where there was nice lush green and then gave it to the girls. They tore into it right away but after several hours I went to check and see if it was all gone and I saw green shoots all over the pen. They were eating what was left of the wheat seed and leaving the green part behind. I thought as we got more into the winter they would be more interested in the greens but not yet.
So I've just been sprouting the wheat till it has the root starting to come out and I feed that to the girls. I still see lots of root sprouts in the run so it appears they are not thrilled about that stage as well. I'm going to keep trying till I find a combo that they like
At times I have grown micro-greens for certain co-ops: in a plastic lined wooden try made of plywood and 1" x 2"'s lay a piece of wet burlap (I get burlap from a big box store) sprinkle the seed of choice on the burlap, mist it with a spray bottle several times a day. that's it! When I was producing, my system used a pump, timer, and a gutter system to keep the burlap watered and to catch the drainage, but for my own use I was able to do this in a sheet tray.
Edited by ThatFarmerChick - 1/21/15 at 4:31pm
- Flock Master
This is a great idea.