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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by m6246, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. m6246

    m6246 Just Hatched

    Apr 21, 2017
    So I have spent the last two hours reading all kinds of info about feeding chickens sprouts...I have learned a ton...one answer I could not find is can I mix wheat, barley and oats together and then sprout them? or do I have to sprout separately and then mix...is there a significant difference in sprouting times?
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2012
    Conway SC
    You need to sprout separately because of germination times being different if for fodder. But if you start a tray of each and they sprout at the same time----I would mix them---my personal opinion. BUT if one starts sprouting a day or two later----I would not.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2017
  3. catinthecoop

    catinthecoop Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 17, 2017
    I would love to know the answer too, are you talking about sprouts or fodder, that takes a few more days?
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 7, 2012
    I have sprouted wheat and barley in the same jar. Also have added sunflower seeds. Once you are familiar with sprouting times for each grain, and how well it sprouts, how much soaking time is beneficial, you can easily mix and match to your heart's delight. I do not sprout to the fodder stage. IMO, there is optimal nutrition when feeding at the sprout stage, but I like to green my sprouts up before feeding them out. I have had up to 5 jars of sprouts at a time on my window sill in the kitchen all winter. It's so nice to have something, anything growing in the winter. It helps the snow season pass for a seed addict like myself.

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