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Wheat Sprouts Benifits

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bigredfeather, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    I have read several threads about sprouting wheat and feeding it to layers. Two weeks ago I picked up a 50lb bag of uncleaned wheat where I buy my layer feed. It only cost $4.50. I soaked for a day, rinsed the next day, and they started to sprout. I rinse them everyday, as that is what I read should be done, and I never have them sitting around for more than five days(they can become rancid if kept longer). I started feeding them to chickens on the third day. I have several pans started so I have a continuous supply of them. Every morning I give my 8 RIR a 9"x13" pan of them. They absolutely go nuts when I set it in the pen. I can already tell a difference in the size of the eggs. At first I thought the eggs where getting larger because the hens were getting older, but I don't think the size increase would be that quick. The eggs are larger in diameter, not so much in length.

    I wanted to share this with everyone. I am convinced it works. I also have read that wheat will also boost the imune system. I know it's true for humans, so it should also hold true for chickens as well.

    Thanks to all that have posted threads on this topic. I hope more people will try this inexpensive method for getting nicer eggs and healthier chickens.
  2. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Songster

    May 1, 2008
    Sounds interesting! I will be checking in to see what others think of this.
  3. 1brahmamama

    1brahmamama In the Brooder

    Oct 13, 2008
    What is uncleaned wheat? I would be careful that the wheat you buy is not planting seed, as it would have chemicals on it that are unfit for eating- even if you wash it.
    Sounds like a great idea!
  4. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    Uncleaned wheat is what it implies. It is wheat that has gone right from the field to a bag with no cleaning. You can see pieces of the hall in it. Yeah, I would agree planting wheat would not be a good idea due to the added chemicals, and it is a whole-whole lot more expensive.

    Where abouts in Ohio are you located?
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2008
  5. Maidservant

    Maidservant Songster

    Feb 20, 2008
    Norwich, Norfolk, UK
    Wow, uncleaned wheat here is $13 for a 50 lb bag. We did just come out of a bad drought earlier this year though, so the price of corn, wheat, oats, and barley is still sky high here.

    Emily in NC
  6. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing 10 Years

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    What planting wheat has chemicals on it??
  7. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    I may be wrong, but I think all planting seeds have a chemical treatment.
  8. PAJerry

    PAJerry Songster

    Mar 22, 2008
    Waterford, PA
    I set out my first pans of sprouts this morning and the hens devoured them in no time. It's a very easy thing to do so now I have four pans progressing in rotation so that I can put some out just about every day. I hope that the egg size increases, but not for the 2 Comets I have that are laying eggs that do not fit in a 'jumbo' sized egg carton. Those poor girls are overdoing it already!! I did some internet searches on the health benefits of wheat sprouts and they look like a good thing - you are almost tripling the nutrition by sprouting the seeds first. We'll see how it goes and report any changes.
  9. ricky bamboo

    ricky bamboo In the Brooder

    Sep 3, 2008
    Roseville, Ontario.
    we treat our birds to living salad bars regularly....corn shoots, wheatgrass, pea shoots, etc... the turkeys and chickens mow it down in minutes and our bunny loves them too. it is argued that the sprout of a plant has more nutritional value than if the plant was allowed to grow to maturity.
  10. SandraMort

    SandraMort Songster

    Jul 7, 2008
    HOLY COW, how did you find it for 450????

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