Sprouting for your lovebirds is one of the best things you can do for them. Sprouts are full of nutrients and protein that requires next to nothing for a lovebird to make use of, the sprouting process ‘digests’ the fat for them so it’s already done. Sprouts are called a superfood for just this reason…all the potential of the seed and the plant rolled into a tiny sprout. Sprouts are considered an immune booster as well, it takes nothing for the body to make use of the sprout.
I highly recommend starting with wheat berry sprouts before expanding and trying other sprouts, they are very readily taken, very =) Wheatberries can be found at Whole Foods and Sprouts in their bulk foods section.
The technique I use for sprouts will have them ready to feed in 2 days time. In the morning of the first day I start them soaking in a bowl of water in which I have sprayed a teeny bit of bleach to head of fungus. I keep a bottle of very diluted bleach (1:10-20) on hand and I spray a squirt or two in the bowl with the water. I use filtered water BTW, always filtered water.
That eveningI’ll put the wheatberries in a colander and rinse well. I leave them in the colander and cover with a moist paper towel and set that back in the original bowl to catch the drips. It’ll sit like this for the next day and a half and I rinse with water as needed to keep it moist.
On the morning of the second day, you should see a decent tail starting, really you can feed these as soon as they are soaked but they are mostnutritious when a tail is showing, that means they’re sprouting.
To keep these, rinse and allow to drain well, then put in a plastic bag with a clean piece of paper towel to soak up extra moisture, seal tightly, and refrigerate. These could keep for quite a few days, you can smell when they’re starting to go bad at which point you should toss what’s left. With only one or two lovebirds, you shouldn’t need to soak a ton of wheatberries at a time, but that’s something you’ll have to figure out.
Other things to try and sprout? Rice, mung beans. sunflower seeds, buckwheat, safflower seeds, millet, to start you off! Happy sprouting!