I can’t allow my chickens walk around my property because of various HOA rules. Therefore I keep them confined in a large area.
This limits their ability to graze and find plants to eat, which can become a problem for a home flock. There is a simple way to combat this problem though.
To keep them with fresh grasses to peck at I keep 5 of these tubs going with about a inch soil planted with various grains good for hens. They love it.
When I bring a new one in every other day to their area they act like they won the lotto!
Alfalfa, clover, and flax seeds are all great for sprouting for your chickens. I do use this mix to increase Omega-3s.
Another mix I use includes:
- Adzuki beans are often sprouted for only one day, mixed with other sprouts and called a “Crispy Mix” or “Crunchy Mix.” They are commonly used throughout Asia in a variety of ways. Nutritional info: Vitamins A, B, C and E High in Calcium, Iron, Niacin All Essential Amino Acids except Tryptophan Protein: 25% Health Benefits: A great source of magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, fiber, manganese and B Vitamins, such as niacin, thiamin and
riboflavin, adzuki beans contribute to the overall health of the body. The beans build up a strong metabolism that enables the body to quickly and efficiently metabolize the food eaten. They are low in fat and high in protein. Food to Live ADZUKI BEAN SPROUTING SEEDS – 4 lbs – Organic (To Grow Sprouts or for Cooking)
- Organic Mung beans are the cousin to the Adzuki Bean. Organic Mung Beans Sprouts are rich in protein as well as vitamin A, the vitamin B complex, vitamin C and vitamin E, as well as various minerals and enzymes. Sprouts from Organic Mung beans are Said often to protect against cancer, fatigue and can assist in building the immune system. Organic Sprouting Seeds Mung Bean 5 Pounds – Todd’s Seeds
- Organic Hard Red Wheat is a Good source of dietary fiber, manganese and selenium. It is a full body whole wheat grain. Certified Organic Hard Red Wheat- 10 Lbs- For Growing Wheatgrass to Juice, Sprouting Seed, Grinding to Make Flour & Bread, Food Storage & MoreKeep your birds away from the newly seeded area or they will eat the seed before it hOrganic Mung beans are the cousin to the Adzuki Bean.as a chance to germinate. When the mix is 2-5″ tall turn the chickens loose on the planted area until they have eaten the grasses about half way down.
Keep your hens away from the newly seeded area or they will eat the seed before it has a chance to germinate. If you dont want to use tubs, you can screen a area in and remove the fencing when they are free to devour.
When the mix is 2-5″ tall turn the chickens loose on the planted area until they have eaten the grasses about half way down.
Some other mixes you may want to try:
Tetrelite intermediate ryegrass, Tetraploid perennial ryegrass, Common Flax, Buckwheat, Tetraploid annual ryegrass, Winter ryegrain, Red clover, Strawberry clover, Alfalfa, Ladino clover, Broadleaf Trefoil.
The main reason people sprout their seeds and grains is to make the nutrients in them more available for digestion. Seeds and grains come with a “preservation system” that is designed to protect their stored proteins, fats and minerals over an extended period of time until conditions are right for germination and growth. This “preservation system” consists of items that are “antinutrients” when ingested.
The antinutrients found in grains and seeds include:
Sprouting or fermenting seeds and grains reduces or eliminates the antinutrient properties inherent in grains and increases bioavailability of many nutrients including B vitamins, vitamin C, folate, fiber, and essential amino acids such as lysine. As the seeds sprout, enzymes that are needed to properly digest the proteins in the grains are produced making them available for our use. (Read more)
1) Choose the seeds you wish to use.
2) Soak seeds overnight in a bowl.
3) Drain water and get seeds ready for planting.
4) Plant seeds in your choice of location.
Here are some pictures of my results: