The Hatchery's sprouting seeds are 100% organic and comprise 24 different varieties. Sprouts have been called a "super food" for birds as they are packed with nutrition and so easy to do, you'll wonder why you haven't offered them sooner! You don't need any fancy sprouting kits... if you have water and a shallow plastic container, you're in business! Instructions for sprouting are included with your seeds.
Initially, sprouts should be kept out of direct light and allowed no more than 1/4 inch growth for their maximum enzyme activity. If allowed to sprout too long, some may become bitter. They're ready to serve in approximately 2-3 days. If placed in direct sunlight on the last day of growth, chlorophyll will develop which has healthful qualities. Sunlight also triggers the production of carotenes.
Here at the Hatchery, sprouts are offered daily to all the birds, from the tiny lineolated parakeets to my Blue and Gold Macaw, African Greys and Rose Breasted Cockatoos. They are usually the first item to be devoured! The cockatiels dive in head first and don't come up for air until the sprouts are completely gone.
So what are you waiting for? Put a smile on your bird's beak with fresh live sprouts today!
Sprouts are $10.00 per pound. Internet deposits, direct bank deposit, money orders, certified cheques and of course, cash are all accepted. Please email number of pounds you're ordering and your preferred method of payment.
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When you sprout a seed, it comes to life, changing its entire chemical composition. The fatty oils found in the seeds are converted to essential fatty acids.
Sprouts are an ideal source of protein that can also help the body to cleanse itself. Besides providing protein, sprouts are rich in almost every nutrient, vitamins (especially vitamin A, B vitamins, C, D and E), enzymes, essential fatty acids and minerals (including iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, zinc and chromium) all of which are natural antioxidants that strengthen the immune system and protect against toxic chemical build-up. The few calories that are found in sprouts come from simple sugars, which make them a quick source of energy.