With Kris Porter and Stephanie Edlund
Nutritional enrichment is an important component of parrot enrichment. I believe it is important to feed parrots a wide variety of healthy fresh foods in addition to quality pellets. I am made aware of this every day as I see the excited interest my birds show when I give them something new and appealing to eat.
Sprouts are an important part of my own parrot's diet. Sprouts are a very nutritious food as they are high in vegetable proteins, natural vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Sprouts are also an economical food to feed your birds.
There are a number of ways to sprout grains and seeds. If you would like to learn how to sprout successfully for your birds, my good friend, Pamela Clark,www.PamelaClarkOnline.com, will show you how in this video. Pam also explains the many health benefits of sprouting for your parrots.
Sprouting with Pamela Clark
The above ingredients combined in a mix is one that will sprout within 12 to 24 hours after soaking, depending on the temperature. You want your seeds to sprout quickly and this is a mix in which the seeds and grains will all sprout within a short period of time. The longer a seed sits in order for the sprouting process to occur, the more time bacteria has a chance to grow. If you purchase a prepared mix, observe to make sure that the seeds are all about the same size and will sprout at the same time.
You can purchase a sprouting mix for your parrots or you can create your own mix by purchasing seeds and grains from your local health food store. Some suggested ingredients for creating your own sprout mix for parrots are:
French green lentils
Raw sunflower seeds
Hulled barley (not pearled)
Raw sesame seeds