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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:53 pm 
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I brought a greenhouse for Christmas and set up to grow wheatgrass for the girls


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:51 am 
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Setting up my greenhouse;
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I grow the wheatgrass in jars until the sprout

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then put them in soil in trays to grow, then put the trays in to feed the girls
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 3:42 pm 
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I hope they enjoy it :)

Mine often have a crop of wheatgrass in their pen, from what grows out of their scratch mix. I find that they don't eat the wheatgrass (though the ducks go in there to eat it). If yours don't like the wheatgrass try sprouting and growing just normal lawn grass seed - they should definitely enjoy eating that (if my chooks are anything to go by). Or lucerne - they'd love that too.

Your girls are lucky to have their own specialised greenery growing set-up :)

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What a great little setup.

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Great little set up! Well done.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:38 pm 
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I grew 6 trays of wheatgrass for 2 days and was wondering why not all the seeds grow into grass??


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:39 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:40 pm 
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all grown at the same time


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:00 pm 
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i believe some seeds can be toxic once sprouted, some research may be helpful.
also found a similar set up, but you don't need the potting mix, check out the link you may like to try it out also, very simple but very effective. i believe the protein % is much greater after sprouting, with barley it allows the chooks to access the protein...... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX4VoV7DeG8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia_3KATQEwI

theres plenty of videos to check out.
im going to build one on a larger scale shortly so your post caught my eye.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:49 pm 
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I found you can sprout barley as well, doing it this way.
I what to ask 2 thinks -
1. is there other seeds I can sprout and
2. can I sprout seeds like this and do away with the mash??

what ideas have you got please.


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You can't do away with their basic food which is a layer mix of some kind. The sprouts you are growing are good as a supplement but are NOT a complete feed. You can sprout any seeds that are edible for chooks as long as you can access fresh seed. I have sprouted beans (forget which kind) and lupins too. But you have to access fresh seed to be able to do it.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:18 pm 
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I brought a bag of wheat to sprout for a test, and whating to know what else I can sprout. because I am enjoying it.but it sounds like if I cant do without the mash, then I propley buy some bags, instead of 20kg bags of seed.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:44 pm 
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just make sure they get some hard grains, grit/calcium etc as well.........

be aware that some beans and milo/sorghum are toxic when they start to sprout this may or may not apply to chickens but again some research would be a good idea


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:09 pm 
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Ricky Bobby wrote:
just make sure they get some hard grains, grit/calcium etc as well.........

be aware that some beans and milo/sorghum are toxic when they start to sprout this may or may not apply to chickens but again some research would be a good idea


what do you mean when you same just make sure they get some hard grains, grit/calcium etc as well......... they get shell grit.

might do without the sorghum if it is toxic.

do you know what seed sprouts up in a yellow colour grass?? I found a sprout in the run, one day and it was a yellow colour grass


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:13 pm 
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when they say soak the wheat grass over night, can I soak them before I go to work??


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