I hope someone can help me. I've been raising sprouted wheat/fodder for my chickens for a year now. I was using a white wheat berry and having no problems -- beautiful, healthy, well-rooted sprouts in 3-4 days. (I'd soak for 24 hours first, then dump them into trays with holes, watering and fully draining twice a day) This time, however, the feed store sold me red wheat. It was advertised as doubled washed, uncracked and feed quality. Using the exact same system, I'm getting about 1/3 to 1/2 the amount of sprouting. Many of the blades of wheat grass are also emerging a reddish color, instead of green. Almost no root mat, and if I let it go more than 3 days, I fear I'm inviting mold. It smells much sweeter to me than the wheat I was suing before. I had problems before with red wheat sprouting very poorly and being prone to mold, but I chalked it up to a bad bag, particularly when I discovered weevils in it. Although this bag isn't quite as bad, I'm wondering if red wheat in particular is just harder to sprout or requires a different technique that white wheat. I've got a huge bag of it now, so I'd like to make some use of it. I didn't ask for red wheat, it was just what the feed store had on hand.