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SPROUT MIXES

EZ SPROUT MIX  made up by Shauna for the Bird Brain

The Bird Brain

The Bird Brain has three mixes in the category of EZ Sprouts.  I would suggest one (or more) of those three mixes to start with.  This would be my first choice for ready prepared mixes. as they are a balanced vegetable protein source.  
MACKIE'S MUNCH: Organic Amaranth, Organic Millet, Organic spelt, Organic hulless Oats, Organic hulless Barley, Organic chia, Organic mung, Organic red lentils, Organic Marrowfat Peas, Organic arugula, Organic broccoli, Organic fenugreek, Organic sprouting pumpkin seed, Hulled organic sesame, Organic hazelnuts  

CASPER'S CRUNCH: Organic  quinoa, Hulless organic oats, Organic kamut, Hulless organic barley, Organic adzuki, Organic french lentil, Organic dwarf gray sugar peas, China rose organic radish, Organic broccoli, Hulled organic sesame, Organic sprouting pumpkin seed, Organic sprouting sunflower  

WINNIE'S BRUNCH: Organic spelt, Organic buckwheat, Hulless organic oats, Organic chia, Organic millet, Organic quinoa, Organic green lentils, Organic mung, Garbanzo (plain organic), Organic broccoli, Organic red clover, Organic sprouting pumpkin, Organic sprouting sunflower  

CHINA PRAIRIE MIXES  (organic)  

China Prairie 

ORIGINAL FORMULA:  Hulled Sunflower, Whole Yellow Corn, Whole Oats, Brown Rice, Wheat, Green Peas, Garbonza Beans, Mung Bean, Buckwheat, Fenugreek, Pumpkin Seed, Sesame, Quinoa, Radish, Mustard, Red Clover  

ORIGINAL FORMULA:  Hulled Sunflower, Whole Yellow Corn, Whole Oats, Brown Rice, Wheat, Green Peas, Garbonza Beans, Mung Bean, Buckwheat, Fenugreek, Pumpkin Seed, Sesame, Quinoa, Radish, Mustard, Red Clover  

MICRO MIX:  Triticale, Rice, Millet, Alfalfa, Fenugreek, Buckwheat, Fennel, Flax, Dill Seed, Sesame, Amaranth, Quinoa, Mung, Radish, Red Clover  

* It is a good idea to rotate sprouting mixes.  If your bird is feather picking,  check the lists for ingredients that should be left out (corn, gluten grains).  Each mix should contain legumes to complete the protein chain.   

The SPROUT PEOPLE

The Sprout People

A tremendous selection of organic seeds for sprouting and some outstanding information on how to go about the process.  This page will take you to mixes for parrots.  I would go with the Lil' Bird Mix  if you ordered from this company but keep in mind that you can make up your own mixes.

and ... here is a source for the Easy Sprouter that a lot of people use.  If I wasn't already using the plastic sieve tops on wide mouth mason jars ... this is the one I would choose instead.  
Choose your sprout mixes carefully, especially when ordering.  If you have a bird that is feather picking especially an eclectus, be fully aware of all the ingredients.  For example, you might want to exclude gluten grains like rye, wheat, barley and sometimes oats and other ingredients like corn, peanuts, and sunflower seeds that are known to cause sensitivities in parrots that are feather picking.   
The companies and their lists of sprout ingredients are provided as mixes, and also as examples of mixes that you might make up yourself from organic ingredients.  Most health food stores have the ingredients available.  Use equal measures of all ingredients and what you are leaving out or do not have, simply leave out.  Mackenzie Seeds makes sprouting mixes including seeds like broccoli and other brassicas,  mustard, and clover.  These are also available at any health food store that sells sprouting products.
I suggest that sprout mixes are rotated frequently, even if only on a monthly basis ... to provide variety and avoid fixations on only one or two ingredients ... which may lead to future sensitivities.
All the listed sprout mixes may be fed after soaking for 12 hours or more.  Once soaked, rinse thoroughly, drain and serve.  I prefer to ‘sprout’ for about twenty four hours ... just until the tiny root tails are visible.  This is when the ‘sprout’ is at its most nutritious.  

Here is a good website showing the stages in sprouting.  Just ignore the addition of either bleach or GSE ... neither is necessary especially if you are soaking your seeds in either distilled, reverse osmosis or filtered water.  

Sprouting from a Jar

How to Sprout - We start out with clean seed and rinsed well.  I would not use bleach to soak them in.  If you feel you must no more than 1 drop per gallon of water.  A little bleach goes a long way.  

 

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