Introduction to sprouting for parrots
If you're a parrot owner, you know the importance of providing your feathered friend with a varied and nutritious diet. One way to do this is by incorporating sprouts into their meals. Super Sprouts is a specially formulated sprouting mix specifically designed for parrots, packed with a variety of seeds, grains, and legumes that are rich in essential nutrients. In this blog post, we'll go over the steps on how to easily and successfully sprout Super Sprouts, or Simple Sprouts, for your parrot.
Gathering Your Sprouting Materials
Before you start sprouting, gather the following materials:
- Super Sprouts, or Simple Sprouts, sprouting mix
- A wide-mouth mason jar or a sprouting jar with a mesh screen lid
- Cheesecloth or a sprouting lid
- A rubber band or jar ring
- A bowl or tray to catch any excess water
- GSE oil
Sprouting the Super Sprouts
- Begin by rinsing the Super Sprouts mix thoroughly in a strainer or cheesecloth under running water. This removes any dirt or debris and ensures that the seeds are clean.
- Place the rinsed Super Sprouts mix in the jar, filling it about ¾ full. Add enough water to the jar to cover the sprouts, drop in 3-6 drops of GSE oil into the water, and soak them for about 6-8 hours, or overnight. (GSE oil allows for a faster sprouting process and prevents mould build up on the sprouts. We love this one: GSE oil
- After the soak time is complete, drain the water from the jar and rinse the sprouts again. You can feed your sprouts from now if you wish to, soaked seeds, beans and grains are full of nutrients and are especially tasty, so feel free to start adding them to your morning fresh chop from now, or continue the sprouting process below.
- Cover the jar with the cheesecloth or sprouting lid and secure it with the rubber band or jar ring. Place the jar in a warm, well-lit area, but not in direct sunlight. A window sill is usually a good spot to keep your jar.
- Place the jar on a holder, or lean it against something so that the lid is pointing downwards, allowing water to continually drain out onto the drip tray.
- Rinse and drain the sprouts 2-3 times a day, making sure to drain them well each time. This helps to prevent mould growth and ensures that the sprouts get enough water and air circulation.
- After 3-5 days, the sprouts should be ready to harvest. They should be have little tails that reach around 1cm. If they are not ready, continue rinsing and draining them until they reach the desired length.
Storing and Serving the Sprouts
Once the sprouts are ready, rinse them one final time and allow them to drain well.
You can store the sprouts in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week. When you're ready to serve them to your parrot, wash them thoroughly and use them as desired. You can mix the sprouts into your parrot's regular seed mix, serve them as a standalone snack, or add them to their favourite fruit and vegetable chop.
Sprouting Super Sprouts and Simple Sprouts for your parrot is a quick and easy way to add a nutritious boost to their diet. By following the steps outlined above, you can successfully sprout a batch of Super Sprouts in just a few days. Give it a try and see how your parrot enjoys the tasty and healthy addition to their meals.