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Old 10/21/07, 12:05 PM
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sprouting for rabbits

I have read that rabbits shouldn't have corn in their feed.
But would sprouted corn seed be OK?
I also want to sprout squash, rye, and wheat.
What about things like lentles, whole peas and beans.
I sprout these for us any way and some times have too much, could the rabbits have them, if they are fresh?

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My understanding is that corn is difficult to sprout. If it is untreated seed, I see no reason not to give it a try... but do watch out for mould or souring.

Squash, rye and wheat should be fine... also oats, although they always seem a little slower to me.

Lentils, peas and beans I am not sure about. Although since rabbits can have pea and bean vines, either fresh or dried as hay, it should be okay to feed seedlings. Just don't feed the bean itself... It is said that rabbits and beans don't mix and I can remember why or where I heard that. Lentils are something I have no experience with. Not fond of them myself and neither is anyone else here... so we just don't buy them.

Sunflower seeds are easy to sprout and safe... and I'm betting the rabbits will go for them in a big way.

I have always had issues with mould when I sprout seeds... "They say" that a very weak bleach solution will kill the moulds and can be rinsed off before feeding them to the rabbits. I personally just find it easier to grow the seeds in dishpans with a couple of inches of soil. The grain grasses will yield a repeated harvest and the sunflowers etc. could be pulled easily and rinsed clean for the buns.

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Oh, err... didn't know that about the corn! When we have it, which is rarely, I give mine the cobs (usually still with half kernels in them from being scraped with a knife). They've had sprouted too, and never a problem. They really seem to enjoy gnawing the cobs, long after any corn is gone.

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Old 10/21/07, 04:47 PM
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all the stuff I sprout is human quality and some of it is seed sved from my own garden.
As much as possible is organic.

My rabbits live the whole corn plant. My neighbot who is also an organic gardener gave me all of his stalks and I made hay out of them for the rabbits. I;ll start feeding them as soon as they finish eating the rest of the garden scraps. i planted fall beds of raddish, turnip, hard and broccolli. they get any tops ect. that we ann't use.

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Old 10/21/07, 07:41 PM
 
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Oh, err... didn't know that about the corn! When we have it, which is rarely, I give mine the cobs (usually still with half kernels in them from being scraped with a knife). They've had sprouted too, and never a problem. They really seem to enjoy gnawing the cobs, long after any corn is gone.
Corn, fed occasionally, should not harm the rabbits. It is just that corn is low in protein and high in calories compared to other grains, so you likely would not want to feed it on a regular basis. The cobs offer a lot of entertainment for the rabbits... and they do enjoy their treats!
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wouldn't the extra calories be good in the winter? for body heat, I mean.

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wouldn't the extra calories be good in the winter? for body heat, I mean.
I think the other grains have plenty for that... and more nutrients as well. I feed a bit of corn, since it is in the scratch grains, but I cut the scratch with crimped oats 50/50 and the rabbits pick everything else out and leave the corn a lot of the time. I'd like to get to the point where I can buy wheat, oats and barley separately, but storage is a bit of a problem at present.
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