sprouting seeds for chickens

Poultry Food from Hydroponics

Poultry Food from Hydroponics

Poultry Food from Hydroponics

So I first read about this idea in a well known Indian hydroponics blog! As a keeper of poultry then I found the story very interesting. Firstly, then I am lucky enough to have a large lawn. This of course suffices for the amount of greens that my chickens can eat. When they eat the grass and clover then I simply move the coop to a fresh and green area. I am fortunate enough to use the “Eglu” chicken coops.

However many chicken keepers only have the same run for their birds. So, this is soon eaten away and the birds are usually scratching on the bare earth or any substance that the owner puts down as a bedding. Of course mainly straw or wood chips of some kind. poultry like any other bird thrives on greens of most kinds.

Greens are organic and full of protein!

many poultry keepers will feed their birds on green kitchen scraps, which is fine! However it is possible to grow your chicken green feeds hydroponically and at an inexpensive price. feeding your chickens on hydroponically grown greens will produce better quality eggs with nice bright yellow yolks.

Hydroponic fodder is rich in protein, B-carotene, trace elements and enzymes. Sprouts can be easily grown in trays. In fact about 2kg of seeds can produce around 10kg of edible chicken fodder. Plastic Trays are available from your local hydroponics store. These trays come in many sizes. From the normal seed tray size to large trays for holding a number of plant pots. These can be utilized for growing the sprouting seeds.

Seeds suitable for sprouting include mung, alfalfa and mustard. Different types of lentils and mung seeds are also a good choice. The seeds are just spread onto a layer of tissue paper with water. The seeds are then spread on to the top of the wet tissue and placed in a light and warm place. For continuity then this should be spread out over a period of time. A greenhouse would be a perfect growing environment. However a window sill on a South or East window would be fine.

These sprouting systems will be mature in a little over a week. Importantly, this is also a good treat for your chickens in the colder winter months as well as summer time supplements.

I know that many growers of plants and gardeners are also keen poultry keepers. The two go hand in hand. So it may just be worth thinking about growing some nutritious seeds hydroponically for your precious egg providers.