Sprouted seeds have their supporters and opponents. However, it has been proven that sprouted seeds are an enormous source of nutrients. Sprouted and soaked seeds are much softer in structure and are eaten by all species of birds.
Freshly sprouted seeds are a source of vitamins (A, B and E) and digestible nutrients. Vitamin E is also called the fertility vitamin. In their natural environment, birds will eat germinated, half-ripe seeds. If they find such offered, the birds will come in nesting condition.
This is the sign for them to think about their offspring. The fancier should achieve this in the aviary/breeding cage.
Due to the physical changes caused by the germination of seeds and the high level of moisture, such seeds are much more digestible, which is very important for young birds.
What is the best way to germinate the seeds?
The germ seeds must first be washed well under running water so that they are completely clean.
The germ seeds must be left to soak and swell in lukewarm water for 12-24 hours. This is best done at room temperature or in the vicinity of a heat source.
After the seeds are saturated, they are rinsed abundantly with lukewarm water. Pay sufficient attention so that the germ seeds are properly cleaned.
The rinsed seeds are put in a sieve or sprout dish and these are left to germinate for about 24 hours in a warm location or in the vicinity of a heat source. Create a closed circuit from your sieve or sprout dish by covering this with a lid, wet cloth. This encourages the germination process. When the seeds germinate, these can be fed to the birds pure or mixed with the eggfood.
To keep the formation of bacteria and mould to a minimum during the germinative process, it is advisable that the water in which the seeds are being soaked is made acidic (e.g. with Beyers plus herba-zyma, a mix of organic acids and enzymes). This will suppress all the negative processes when soaking and sprouting.
Don’t leave your seeds to sprout for too long. Generally, it is assumed that the smaller the sprouts, the greater the nutritional value. Therefore try to feed the seeds when the sprouts are about 1-2mm.
When the sprouted seeds are dispensed, they can be sprinkled with Topet entero. The lactobacillus and enzymes will suppress the negative bacteria and the good bacteria will come to life thanks to the increased moisture level from the sprouting seeds making them become active in the crop.