anybody raise sprouts to feed the chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Delmar, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. Delmar

    Delmar Chillin' With My Peeps

    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.
     
  2. zoe88

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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.
     
  3. Delmar

    Delmar Chillin' With My Peeps

    I picked up a bunch of flower seeds, would those be OK?
     
  4. zoe88

    zoe88 New Egg

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

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2009
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    Quote: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.
     
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  6. Cluckn Crazy

    Cluckn Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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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 [​IMG].

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

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
     
  8. Cargo

    Cargo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sprout wheat grass for the whole menagerie.
     
  9. Delmar

    Delmar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:BOSS?
     
  10. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ya know, this thread kinda encouraged me to sprout for my birds [​IMG] i think I'll try that! [​IMG]
     
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