With the colder, darker, shorter days, we have seen a decrease in chicken productivity. In the fall, our 5 chickens were giving us 5, and sometimes 4 eggs a day. Now, we are getting 3, and occasionally 4 eggs a day. Still more than enough for our family...it just takes longer to build up to the point where we feel the need to give some away.
I also did some actual data collecting on my sprouting efforts. Sprouting is good for two reasons...it converts some of the hard-to-digest part of the seed into more a more easily digestible form...plus, it DOES give you a return on your investment...more food mass. If I was squared away, I would have this in a graph...but it's the weekend.
Starting with 52 grams of wheat berry's, I ended up with 152 grams of sprouts, 64 grams of lentils ended up with 294 grams of spouts, and 34 grams of clover seed gave 292 grams of spouts(showing here):
I actually let my stuff go a little further than people normally would for sprouts...the finished product is closer to fodder, than spouts. The greening is a little better for the birds.
So yeah....from a straight 'mass' standpoint, the clover is the clear winner...but the clover seed I bought was over $6 a pound from an organic food store, while the lentils are like a buck a bag...and the lentils I've been sprouting so far are not new. They are ones we bought in bulk and vacuum sealed some number of years ago (4-6?).
We haven't found any type of spouts yet that the birds don't like. I even did up a quart jar of kidney beans, just because I wanted to see if it would work.