In an effort to keep providing the chickens with fresh(cost efficient) growing things over the winter, I've started getting into sprouting. So far I have tried three different things with various results:
1. Whole oat groats, which did poor, poor, poor. Only done one batch so far...will have to try again since I still have half a pound of them to play with.
2. Lentils. Have made two successful batches so far...and they have done 'okay.' We have um...plenty of them in the house, and it's a good excuse to rotate some older bags out.
3. Clover seed. I went to the local health food store looking for things to sprout, and while they have a generic 'salad/sandwich sprouting mix', it was right around $15 a pound, but I noticed it appeared to be made up of roughly 50% clover seeds by volume, and clover seeds by themselves were only $6 a pound...so I got all kinds of cheap, and bought half a pound to see how they did.
They did OUTSTANDING. This is my 2nd batch, which the birds will get tomorrow.
Almost 2/3rd of a quart from 2 table spoons of seeds. Not too shabby. And they don't taste bad either...I grabbed a pinch of the first batch last week.
Next week, I'll look for a few other things to try. We have many different types of beans around the house...I'm sure I can try a few different kinds of them, for some variety.