Have you noticed how popular microgreens and sprouts are these days? These food sources are often utilised as healthy food.
Well, there is a good reason for it! And it certainly doesn’t only apply to people – chooks too!
The benefit of Sprouting Seeds
🌱 Sprouting barley, peas, beans, alfalfa, sunflowers, and other seeds vastly increases their nutrient density.
🌱 During the sprouting process, enzymes within the seeds are activated and enhanced far beyond what you find in the raw seed
🌱 The wonderful thing about sprouting seeds is that they can be sprouted year-round. Rain, snow, or cyclone – sprouting seeds inside is easy.
🌱 Sprouted seeds are easier to digest than regular grain. Sprouts are a wonderful source of immune-boosting antioxidants, as well as other essential vitamins and minerals. They are also high in chlorophyll and beta-carotene, which will help your girls produce eggs with darker, tastier yolks.
🌱 Sprouting seeds will generally increase the grains nutritional content by at least 50%
How to Sprout Seed
1. Soak one part of seeds into five parts water overnight in the jar provided or a suitable jar. Remember – the seeds will swell so make sure you have at least double the space the seeds take up.
2. Drain and place back into the jar with no lid or preferably a mesh lid.
3. Rinse the seeds in a colander (or similar) several times a day, until they start to sprout. Usually 24-48 hours.
4. The seeds will continue to grow as long as you leave them in the jar. Make sure you are rinsing and the seeds don’t go mouldy.
5. The different stages of growth provide different nutrients to your birds. You can start to treat your chooks as soon as they start to sprout.
6. Use sprouted seed within 5 days.
7. Discard if a foul smell detected.