feed before the sprouts turn green , i read that 1 to 2 days growth is the hi point of the total protein in the sprouts , feed it before you see any green. then its at its best nutritional value..!!! i had problems growing the sprouts in the hot weather here in AZ so i didnt want to just suddenly drop my hens off of that level of protein, & i had an abundance of eggs so i switched over to feeding my hens hard boiled eggs blended up in the blender in water shells and all and made a mash feed with it, and the grains sprout better in cooler weather, soI sprout hard wintervwheat and farrobas a treat. At what point is the protein lost? I tend to give it to the girls before I even see any green. But wondering about the nutilritional value whe the grass is just one inch long?