Sprouting and planting your own seed

Discussion in 'Quail' started by abot87, Aug 17, 2016.

  1. abot87

    abot87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi all you Birders!

    I'm just wondering how many of you out there make your own sprouts and who plant birdseed in their gardens?

    I myself make millet and sorghum sprouts. I also plant mini fields in geyser trays and rotate them between the aviaries.
    The quail love the sprouts and clean a whole tray field quite quickly. The greens cant get greener than that [​IMG]

    So what do you sprout?
    and/or what do you plant?

    Here is a millet tray currently in the works.


  2. eHuman

    eHuman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2016
    I sprout black oil sunflower seeds. I would do wheat but can't source local seed.
  3. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2015
    I tried wheat, but it gets rather moldy by the time it's at the height I want it. I even tried watering it with a solution of f10 but it didn't kill the mold. It might be harmless, but I don't like the idea of feeding my birds something moldy.
    I sprout - or rather germinate, to reduce the risk of harmful organisms - several kinds of seed for my budgies, but for the quail I just stick to their game bird starter.
  4. geniash

    geniash Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 12, 2016
    I fixed the mold by sprouting the seeds on a thin layer of soil. Worked like a charm.
  5. purslanegarden

    purslanegarden Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2016
    I do mung bean sprouts (like the kind you can buy at Asian grocery stores). The quick growth lets me average about 1.5-2 treat feedings per week, though some do enough sprouting to feed every day.
  6. Afterfeather

    Afterfeather Out Of The Brooder

    May 13, 2016
    I sprouted some red mustard for mine ... they decided they'd rather bathe in it [​IMG]
  7. abot87

    abot87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine seem to be enjoying the millet and sorghum sprouts, as well as fresh cuttings of the same.

    I also have white-edged swedish ivy and spider plants for cover, d├ęcor and nourishment. The combination works well.

    My birds are healthy, fully feathered during mating season and are daily layers.

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  8. MessyLove

    MessyLove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2016
    I want to try the mollet where do u get the seeds
  9. abot87

    abot87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello there,

    Millet is a common bird seed which you'd get at most stores.
    I buy 10kg bags of wild bird seed and separate by hand while being a couch potato.

    My birds prefer Sorghum to Millet.

    Good luck & have fun.

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