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Pinto bean sprout experiment day 1

One question I have had since I started my journey into the chicken world is how can a guy supplement the laying pellets we get from the feed store. A 50 pound bag usually costs about 11 dollars, which is a good deal if you're a small time poultry person. You seem to only get a price break if you buy the individual ingredients by the ton, and that's way out of our league. pintp huckleberry

Today's experiment will attempt to find out if it's cost effective to sprout some pinto beans from the store at 35 cents a pound and use them to supplement the laying pellet mixture. Sprouts are a good source of amino acids, vitamins, and calories, which according to a Backyard Poultry article will increase our winter egg yields and boost our flock's immune abilities. The picture is step 1. Soak beans for about 8 hours. I will post more about this when the beans make it past step 2, which is to rinse daily and wait for sprouts.

This post is part of our Sprouting Beans for Chickens series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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