Question about Sprouting Wild Bird Seed.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sunny & the 5 egg layers, May 19, 2013.

  1. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    I am planning on sprouting some wild bird seed for my chickens. The bird seed is from a brand called Wagners and contains white millet, milo, cracked corn, black oil sunflower seeds, striped sunflower seeds, peanut kernels, nyjer seed, and safflower seed.

    My concern is that I just read about milo not being good for human consumption. I won't directly be eating the sprouts myself, but my chickens will and I do eat my hens eggs.

    Are milo sprouts harmful to birds, and will it still be safe to eat their eggs?


    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I don't think it would be a problem but I wouldn't use that mix because the cracked corn and peanut kernels won't sprout. I've also found that the chickens don't like safflower sprouts.
    I think it is because they're bitter, which is why cardinals are about the only birds that like them.
    I would find a mix with whole seeds or buy individual seeds and mix them.
    Most seeds have different sprouting rates so it might be better to sprout them separately.
     

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