Birds, like humans, require greens to obtain a balanced nutritional diet. Providing birds with fresh vegetables greatly increases their overall food value.
The highest protein food value of around 300% is obtained when sprouts are just breaking. This is the ideal time to feed to birds. Once sprouts reach 5ml in length protein levels decrease to around 60%. Be careful not to allow the soaked seed or sprouts to become too long, as they become bitter to taste and their food value decreases.
What items will we require?
1. A container to soak the seed. The most common is an old ice-cream container or stainless steel bowl. Sprouters are available on our shop, please Click here.
2. A kitchen strainer. Size of strainer depends on the amount of seed to be sprouted. A strainer capable of holding double the amount of dried seed you soak is important, as the seed swells during the sprouting process. Try to use one with not too many fine holes, as the water does not pass freely through and the seed at the bottom continues to be soaked and you will end up with sour seed.
How will I go about it?
What happens if my seed smells?
If your seed smells, you have not followed the above procedure correctly so, start again!
1. Soak seed for 12 hours – drain and wash
2. Leave stand in strainer for 12 hours – wash thoroughly
3. Leave stand for a maximum of 12 hours – feed to the birds
Under no circumstances feed sour seed to your birds. Discard any seed that looks wet and gluggy, and has a very strong odour. Also, if you believe that mould has occurred on your seed, rinse the seed in a solution of household
bleach (approximately 1 tablespoon) as this will kill the mould without any harmful effects to your birds.
Sunflower seed seems to be the most likely seed affected by mould, mainly during the summer months. Just remember to keep all containers thoroughly clean at all times and do not overfeed your birds.
Information above provided by Breeders Choice Seeds.