DARK BROWN EGGS

sprouting seeds for feed

Sprouted oats are very good for bringing hens into lay. Also good for giving to males to create increased robustness which they pass on to their sperm in more robust sperm. I fed them all winter long to my birds. I don't know what they do for girls already in lay.

Use Forage Oats not Feed oats as Feed Oats have some kind of preventative stuff on them and will go moldy instead of sprouting.

For small quantities get some glass jars muslin or cheesecloth type fabric. Fill each jar 1/4 full with oats. Cut a piece of single layer of fabric to make a cover and use a rubberband to fix the cover to the jar. Temp is important...fill each jar with warm water. Let sit 30 seconds and pour the water out. Rinse twice; 2 times a day. Want to keep the oats damp, not drown them. Large amounts can be done in buckets

Oats sprout quickly and don't need light to spout. If you want to "green them up", expose to light 24 hours before feeding. The sprouts will quadruple in the jar if left sprouting till day 5.

Do not feed spoiled oats to the birds. It will make them sick. Sprouting oats have spoiled if they smell bad or feel "slimy" to the touch.

When and how to feed:
Feed about a tablespoon per bird, as it they get the stools will get loose. Sprouted oats which are 1-3 days old are fed as "grain feed". As part of the regular feed ration for the birds.

On the 4th day, a nutritional change occurs inside the sprouts and the sprouts become "green food". This is the feed which brings hens into lay and promotes vigor in cocks. Feed as a supplement to regular ration.
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