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    Chia pet seed sprouts - bird safe??

    Do you think the sprouts from chia pets are bird safe?? I got a chia pet as a gag gift from a friend, and actually grew sprouts off it... It's out of reach of the fids, but I was wondering if I could feed the sprouts to them since sprouts are healthy for birds? I haven't had any luck with bird seed mix, but these chia seeds are doing great...


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    Re: Chia pet seed sprouts - bird safe??

    hmmm. i can't find them on a list of toxins. however- here are some concerns:

    cheap terra cotta usually has high levels of lead. since the chia sprouts use the terra cotta to grow on, they could also have high levels of lead.

    i prefer to feed human grade ingredients to my birds, as other pet and feed grade things aren't very well regulated. and even more so for things that aren't considered food at all (like chia pets).

    if you wanna feed your birds sprouts (which is quite healthy), i say go for it. you can either purchase a ready made blend or make one of your own. i soak my organic sprout blend overnight, then drain and cover with a towel. once it has sprouted for a day or so, i feed it to the birds. they love it. the blend is a balanced blend of seeds, grasses, and legumes/pulses.

    i also rinse twice before serving- once with apple cider vinegar solution (to kill bacterial growth), and again with water (to rinse away the acidity, which my birds do not like the taste of).

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    Re: Chia pet seed sprouts - bird safe??

    OK. Thanks Squawk and Howl, I will not feed any to them.


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