Can I use Nitro coated seeds for sprouting

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by LOLchick, May 29, 2013.

  1. LOLchick

    LOLchick Chirping

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    I bought an organic Omega 3 chicken forage blend (containing flaxseed, buckwheat red clover, millet and a few others). I was going to plant it in dirt and then let the chickens eat it. I am now interested in in sprouting and think that would suit my needs better. The seeds are nitro coated - also organic. I don't even know what that mean and whether or not it would be detrimental to my chickens health. I have tried to sprout some and it looks great. I have not given it to the girls yet. Does anyone know if I can use it for sprouting or not. Also, I planted some in trays of potting soil so if the nitro coated seeds are not good for them they will still be able to get to it while foraging. Any opinions on this? Thanks!
     
  2. LOLchick

    LOLchick Chirping

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    Any ideas on this? Is it okay to give to the chickens?
     
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

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    I have no idea. If you don't get an answer here, try asking the company you bought it from. Or try google for more information. Most people don't sprout with treated seed. For the moment, you could stick with only giving them the planted seed. That's what I would do.
     
  4. LOLchick

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    I just made contact with the company and they say it 'shouldn't be harmful' to give it as sprouts. Hmmm......:/
    They say it's only a mycorrhizal bacteria to inoculate the seed. I'll try it and if there are any problems you'll see me in the 'disease and emergency' section I guess. :rolleyes:
    Thanks for the help. Any other input still appreciated.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Mycorrhizal (fungal) bacteria helps develop healthy soil chemistry for optimal plant growth by creating an environment to produce more available nitrogen for the plant.

    Would actually better to plant these seeds in the ground under a grazing frame then to just feed them to the chickens, but it probably won't make them sick.
     

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