the gang all tried and ate sprouted seeds today! now we are so happy, we do the dance of joy!!! couldn't believe it! for presentation, i folded a piece of paper towel into quarters, put the sprouted seeds on it, sprinkled one little cluster of millet over it and put it on the floor in the middle of the cage. ozz was the first to head down (I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!!) to see what it was!. when they all went down, i left the room. i didn't want to disturb them. at that time, i wasn't even sure if they were eating the soft seeds or just the millet from the top. when i went back in... lo and behold, there was an empty paper towel! (except for a few husks!! yay!! :)) perhaps, we have made the first step towards veggies!
BB, did you sprout seeds from your birdseed mix? I gotta try that. Romina and Julliette are all over veggies since I started giving them to them! They liked everything I gave them but one. Can't remember what it was, but Romina hopped over there excitedly. took one look and got back on the other perch and just looked at me with the evil eye!! There was no hesitation. just uh uh. nope.
Tweety and Stella will not have anything to do with veggies. Stella does enjoy the wet lettuce on the cage floor (Romina and Julliette are terrified of the lettuce!) And I think someone checked out the carrots yesterday, but not enough to have the "carrot color" under the beak. Just a few little pieces of carrot on the floor. That's never happened. Maybe there's hope yet!
So what seeds did you sprout?
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Yaaay!!! Congrats on your sprout eaters Maybe it WILL lead to eating more veggies. Have you tried chopping up some broccoli, and maybe carrots in a food chopper so they're really small? Mine seem to like them better that way.
that is my next step. that and i am going to make a "pellet mush" with warm water and try the millet on top and see what happens. i want them off the seed but if it takes a little while longer with the sprouted (soft) seeds... so be it! i did use thier own seed, i got a pack of plain seed without any added or colored stuff. soaking for soft or sprouted seed is also a good way to tell how fresh the seed is... seeds that are not viable (too old or not fresh, will stay floating on the top while the good seeds will sink to the bottom. how i do it is - put the seed in a small bowl and add cold water, stir it around and when the water is calm, skim the floaties off and repeat untill there is only good seeds left. use a fair bit of water, the seeds make it kinda slimy if there isn't enough.swirl and rinse it 2 times a day for 2 or 3 days untill you can see the little "tails" are visible. they will only be tiny, just pushing out of the seed. not like sprouts you buy at the store. be sure to rinse well to take off any film from the old water. i just folded a piece of paper towel and put them on that and placed it on the cage floor. NEVER leave soft or sprouted seeds for more than 2 hrs because they spoil , turn toxic and can give the birds "food poisoning. i have to check and see it the sprouts from the grocery store are ok for them. oh yeah... the seeds may take up to 5 days to sprout if left in the lght. good seeds will sprout faster in a dark place. i put some more in water a few minutes ago, gotta see if the first time was a fluke!! lol