I have sprouted microgreens before, but that's what they are for, the instructions on the back of the seed package gives you the directions for it. But then I saw a short video on sprouting dry green lentils. I had to try it. It works just the same. Sprouting lentils for your chickens is easy!
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Sprouting Lentils for Chickens
I saw a short video of some sprouting dried lentils and thought, can it really be that easy to sprout dried lentils? Guess what? Yea, it is. It is an easy, cheap treat to make for your chickens or other poultry.
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Benefits of Feeding Sprouted Lentils to Chickens
Feeding sprouted lentils to chickens can offer several benefits, including:
- Improved nutrition
- Digestive health: Sprouted lentils are easier for chickens to digest than unsprouted lentils.
- Reduced feed costs: Sprouted lentils can be grown easily and inexpensively, making them a cost-effective source of nutrition for chickens.
- Increased egg production: Some chicken keepers have reported that feeding sprouted lentils to their chickens has resulted in increased egg production.
Feeding sprouted lentils to chickens can be a cost-effective way to improve their nutrition and overall well-being. These are not going to take the place of feed for your chickens, this is an added treat, an added source of protein, not a replacement for feed.
How to Sprout Lentils
I grabbed a bag of green lentils from Walmart while I was grocery shopping to give it a try.
What you need:
If you are using a regular old mason jar, you can buy sprouting lids, or use the ring from your jar, a square of cheesecloth and make your own. That's what I use.
I used about 1/3 of a cup of lentils per jar. Fill the jar about halfway full of water, and let it sit overnight.
In the morning, drain that water off of your lentils.
Morning and night, you are going to rinse your lentils and sit them back on the counter, out of direct sunlight.
They will start sprouting quickly. This is why sprouting is a popular treat choice for chickens. Within seven days you have a protein-packed treat. There are 8g of protein per 1/5 of a cup of dried green lentils.
This makes these a great treat for chickens during molting and cold weather to boost their body warmth. It makes it a healthy treat that cost me very little money. I think the bag cost me $2.95 Canadian.
My chickens go crazy for them. After I feed these ones in the photo to the chickens, I started more, but in bigger jars for more sprouts for them.