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I would not start with legumes, too many toxins in the raw state. Try corn, wheat, oats, or sunflower.

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After reading about how much chickens love sprouts, I started seeding mung beans.  None of my six chickens eat them at all.  Tried giving them to them at three day's growth up to 7.  Six different breeds as well.  Not sure what the problem is..


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

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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. 

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post #114 of 116
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After reading about how much chickens love sprouts, I started seeding mung beans.  None of my six chickens eat them at all.  Tried giving them to them at three day's growth up to 7.  Six different breeds as well.  Not sure what the problem is..
glib is right. We only serve sprouted beans during bad molts, but we use very few. And it is added to a mix. So our chickens get very little.
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Originally Posted by intowin View Post

After reading about how much chickens love sprouts, I started seeding mung beans.  None of my six chickens eat them at all.  Tried giving them to them at three day's growth up to 7.  Six different breeds as well.  Not sure what the problem is..
You know what, my husband reminded me that we did do mung beans alone and did not have any trouble. We added calcium and grit to the sprouts. I forgot about all of this. Someone told us that it was harmful to them, so we stopped. But we only have 5 girls and did this for months. So now we mix them.
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I also grow flats of wheat grass for the chickens, but I just bungee cord it to the outside of the run (hardware cloth) so the blades poke through. Works great!

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This is a great idea.

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