Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL Of: Sprouts for parrots
After hearing talk about peanuts being very unhealthy for parrots, I got into a "health-nut" state (no pun intended) and called up a very good friend who is very knowledgable of parrots. I was on a quest to find the healthiest foods for my birds - she suggested sprouting among other great natural foods that you would grow. Flowers, wheatgrass and the whole bit. I told her I had recently played around with birdie bread and rice treats so I was looking for something new to try on top of the other things I was already doing.
Here are some places you can find seed sprouting kits: little birds and big birds. Now, I was familiar that there were some precautions to be aware of when sprouting seeds for my parrots and I had never done it before, until now:
Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL Eating Sprouts: Camelot Macaws "Comet" & "Tusa"
Sprouts are for a variety of parrots from parakeets to macaws. My first test was on my three macaws; Comet, Tusa and Jinx. They all LOVED the sprouts and couldn't seem to get enough of them, and they had already really eaten for the day, too. So I didn't introduce them to hungry birds but their appetites did show up!
Here are the basic directions:
Fill the jar (which they provide you with) with 1" of seeds (which they also give you)
Fill the jar with water and put the lid on it
Set aside for 12 hours
Pour the water out of the jar with the lid on and rinse the sprouts several times (fill and empty jar to do so)
Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL Sprout Eaters: Macaws "Jinx", "Comet" & "Tusa"
It has cautionary things in there too with more detailed instructions but for the sake of this blog, that is the idea of it. It was much easier than I ever anticipated - the water and sprouts do most of the work! Really, you just add water and take it away and add it again. I served mine to my parrots a little early but definitely plan on doing this much more often for my birds!
More information on sprouting at Birds Online.
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.