Germinating seeds

In a lot of research I see people soaking seeds in water with a few drops of bleach overnight. On other pages it says rincing with grapefruit seed extract. Is it not safe to do plain germination without adding bleach or GSE? What kind of commercial mixes exist? Is it safe?

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Jan 19, 2014
Germinating seeds
by: Linda

Do not use bleach because bleach is toxic and contaminates anything it is used on. Do not use it on perches, cages or toys because it will poison the birds. There are many bird safe cleaners on the market for cleaning.

For germinating seeds use filtered water with no chlorine or other contaminants in it. You can use the Pur filtering system or you can boil water first and filter through cheesecloth after it is cool. I use mason jars for germinating seeds and it works well without any possibility of hurting birds. Use only enough seeds for a few feedings as they will keep only a day or two in refrigerator. Put seeds in jar and rinse them to clean dirt off and then put a little water in the jar that has been filtered. Drain off excess. Put the jar in a place with light but not direct sunlight.

Prop up the bottom end of jar with a piece of wood or something like that. This is so rest of water can drain off onto paper towels placed at the open end of jar. Wash seeds off and do the same process at least every 6-8 hours as object is to keep them moist but not swimming in water. In a few days, you will see sprouts beginning to come out. At this point, they are ready to serve to birds seed husk and all.

Keeping them clean and fresh is the key to healthy, safe sprouts. There are probably other methods, and this one works for me very well. Make sure sprouts are only a small part of diet because they cannot be more than 10% of a diet of organic pellets.

Linda

Jan 19, 2014
germinating seeds
by: Alex

I have heard of soaking overnight and using apple cider vinegar, and giving them a good rinse.

I would advise strongly against bleach. That sounds extremely dangerous.

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