Preparation time for sprouted seeds to make good germinations.
seeds after germination
We saw it in our article on sprouts: this superfood is a source of essential nutrients and inexpensive, easily accepted by our birds and which can be adapted to the needs of all species. Because the number of seeds that can be germinated is almost infinite!
Most of the good seeds can be found in our Sprout Mixes for Canaries, our Sprout Mixes for Parakeets and Exotic Birds, our Sprout Mixes for Large Parakeets and Parrots and our Dinner Mix. You can find them all on our site in the Seeds to Germinate and Cook section: -> here. Small seeds like carrot, cabbage, mustard and radish are usually found in healthy seed mixes, which can also be germinated.
Sprouting mix for canaries
Seeds to sprout for canaries
Sprouting mix for large parakeets
Seeds to germinate for parakeets
Sprout mix for parrots
Germinating seeds for parrots
Seeds of health
Health seeds for canaries and parakeets
While germinating seed mixes are practical for their “all in one” look, you can also choose the seeds you want to give based on their nutritional qualities. My cockatiels prefer sprouted corn, my touis prefer sprouted millet, conures prefer sprouted sunflower and my king parakeets prefer the whole dinner mix ^^
But you still have to know how to prepare them. Since all the seeds do not have the same time or the same mode of germination, one may wonder how long to soak? How long does it take to germinate? How long should the sprout be to have the best nutritional quality? Is it better to give germs or sprouts? …
Here is a quick recap of the main seeds to germinate regularly used and their soaking and germination times. For most of its seeds, the germination method is that explained in part 2 of the article “Germinations”. For the others, additional information will be given each time.
Varieties Number of hours of soaking Length of germ or shoot
4 – 8 h 2.5 to 4 cm 3 – 7 days Rich in protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, Vit. A, Vit. of group B (B1, B2, B12), Vit. C, Vit. D and Vit. E. Can absorb mucus from mucilaginous seeds such as flax and mustard.
12 h 0 0 Rich in Vitamins E, C, B, carotene, mineral salts (magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc…). Sprouting consumes the fat of the almond and destroys enzyme inhibitors. Almonds and other nuts are consumed after 12 hours of soaking, without germination time.
1 – 3 h 0.2 to 0.5 cm 1 – 3 days High protein seed rich in iron and calcium. It is also a good supply of potassium, carbohydrates and vitamin A and C.
6 – 8 h 2 – 3 cm 4 – 8 days Rich in amino acids, disaccharides, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes and chlorophyll.
12 h 0.5 to 1.5 cm 2 – 3 days Rich in mineral salts such as iron, calcium, sodium, phosphorus and magnesium. Also rich in carbohydrates.
14 – 18 h 1 to 2.5 cm 3 – 5 days Rich in protein, B vitamins, iron and calcium.
12 h 0.5 to 1.5 cm 2 – 3 days Seed richest in vitamins of group B. Also contains proteins, carbohydrates and many mineral salts.
4 – 6 h 2.5 cm 4 – 6 days Rich in antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamins C and E.
8 – 12 h 4 cm 8 – 9 days The seed richest in beta-carotene, also rich in vitamins B, C, D and E, as well as various mineral salts.
4 – 6 h 2 cm 8 – 10 days Rich in fibers, minerals and trace elements. Also contains a lot of vitamins from groups B, C and E.
4 – 6 h 2.5 cm 4 – 6 days Cabbage seeds (red, green, Chinese) are rich in calcium, sulfur, trace elements as well as vitamins of groups A, B and C.
Squash – pumpkin
6 – 8 h 0.2 to 0.5 cm 1 – 3 days Rich in protein, good fats, carbohydrates and many trace elements and vitamins A, B, E and C.
0 – 1 h 3 to 4 cm 3 – 7 days Very rich in vitamin C, A B1 and B2, as well as in provitamin A. Watercress is a mucilaginous seed, which becomes covered with a viscous substance on contact with the water. It is best to germinate on cotton, which will absorb the excess mucilage. Keep the cotton moist until the germs come out. Watercress can be germinated with alfalfa which absorbs the mucus