Sprouting

Written by Kris Porter. Posted in Enrichment Tips by Kris Porter

Snacking Parrot, Sprout ArticleI think providing good nutrition is an important part of enriching my parrot's life. I like to offer a variety of fresh vegetables and sprouts along with the pellets that I give my parrots.

Sprouting is a great way to provide excellent nutrition. A bowl of chopped fresh vegetables and sprouts all mixed together can also provide a foraging experience. I love to watch my parrot's dive into their morning bowl of fresh food. Their beaks are busy stirring, tossing and picking out what they choose to eat that day. I find it varies from day-to-day the foods they pick out to eat. But every day they have a variety of choices to make of what to eat in their bowl of fresh vegetables and sprouts.

One of the best and easiest ways I've found to sprout is the "Easy Sprout" available at www.sproutpeople.com. I tried about every other sprouting device sold at the natural foods stores and never had good results. With the "Easy Sprout" I have never failed to get good sprouts. The "Easy Sprout" is made of high density polyethylene (Fortiflex® T50-3600 HDP) which is a non-leaching plastic.

At the "SproutPeople" website you will also find information on types of grains, seeds and legumes along with complete sprouting instructions and recipes for cooking with sprouts. One recipe I use at my house is an egg pancake. I scramble an egg and add in 2 Tablespoons finely chopped greens (kale, mustard, turnip or collard); 1 Tablespoon grated carrot; and 2 Tablespoons of fresh sprouted lentils and mixed grains. I fry it in Red Palm oil like you would a pancake and cut in pieces to give to the birds.

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