Sunflower sprouts

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by KenK, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. KenK

    KenK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    Put two or three inches of soil in a used carboard box, sprinkle sunflower seeds on top, press down into the soil but don't cover with soil, water two or three times a day.

    Carefully move box to chicken run so that the bottom doesn't fall out.

    A good quick lift will let the bottom and the soil and sprouts fall through.


    Is it going to eat us or should we eat it?
    What do you think?

  2. Lovable Chicks

    Lovable Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2010
    I can do that and think my chicks would love it. How many days does it take?
  3. reereechickens

    reereechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2011
    Reidsville, NC
    Great idea! [​IMG]
  4. KenK

    KenK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    Nothing left.

    How long it takes is going to depend on the temperatures, watering and how big you want the sprouts to be. These were about a week old.
  5. areyoumymother

    areyoumymother Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2011
    What kind of sunflower seeds did you use ?
  6. KenK

    KenK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    Quote:Just regular black oil sunflower seeds. I started another box just now, will report back when they are ready to feed. I will forget when I started them but this thread will document it. : )
  7. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    That is a good idea. Thanks for sharing. I am always looking fo rnew things my chickens will enjoy. I am going to my garage to get them started right now.
  8. Kudzu

    Kudzu Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2011
    I am going to do that, lot cheaper than buying them crickets. [​IMG] thanks
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2011
  9. KenK

    KenK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    Have converted over to nursery flats instead of carboard boxes. This batch has peat moss for the growing medium and it does not seem to be working quite as well as the potting soil.

  10. bburn

    bburn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2010
    Delaware, Arkansas
    And I can tell you they love them! My DGD's helped throw BOSS to the chickens in their runs. Then I noticed little plants sprouting up everywhere. It dawned on me what they were and we spent time everyday picking them and throwing them in the run. The chickens love them.

    Today I will go out and find something to plant some in like that! They are gonna love me, I mean the sprouts!

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