What do you sprout for your birds and how?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BethieofVA, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2010
    Yorktown, Virginia
    My four girls are not free range. I supplement them with fresh spinach, mustard, collards and turnip greens. I would love to sprout some ?? for them. What do you suggest? I have bought bean and alfalfa sprouts as treats.

    Thanks, Beth
  2. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2009
    Wisconsin Northwoods
    Hi, do a search on byc quite a bit on it already.
    Here is a site with some info too:

    I sprout! I use wheat, oats, BOSS. I soak grains overnight and then drain and rinse. I rinse and drain twice a day until ready to use.
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Wheat grass is very easy to sprout, and they just go crazy for it!
  4. squiqwe

    squiqwe Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 16, 2010
    I sprout white clover. It is a great food for them and they love it. Right now I'm still sprouting it in the garden. As I remove dying crops I broadcast clover. I will freeze it at the end of the growing season.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2010
  5. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2010
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Where do you all get your seeds, such as wheat grass, etc.....?
  6. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    I've sprouted wheat from the feed store. For myself, I've bought a wide variety of seeds sold for sprouting from grocery stores and health food stores. There are places online, too. All you really need are seeds that are fresh and not treated with chemicals.

    For just a few chickens, you could use any of the sprouting methods used for people sprouts. For a larger flock, then you get into the 5 gallon bucket method, where you use one bucket to contain the water on the bottom and one bucket that contains the seed on top, that's had holes drilled in it. You soak over night, then drain and rinse daily or a couple of times a day, until they're ready to feed.

    For wheat grass, you can grow it the way they do for people. You can also just plant pots or flats of wheat for the chickens. When the grass is big enough, you can either cut it for them or just put the whole thing in the run for them. Or, you can just let your wheat sprouts in the sprouter get a little longer, until they start to get grassier.

    I sprout more in the winter, when the garden and yard are buried in snow. I like alfalfa sprouts and eat them a lot. The chickens also love them. They also get wheat grass and love that. In the middle of winter, any sprout looks good to them. Chickens that haven't eaten sprouts before sometimes aren't sure what they are or if they are something that should be eaten. If you run into that, just sprinkle something they like on top at first.

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