Monday, January 24, 2011
Mung Bean Sprouts
During the conditioning for breeding phase, about once a week I like to feed my canaries some sprouted mung beans (aka bean sprouts).
Mung beans, grown in Thailand and readily available at Asian grocery stores, are soaked over night and rinsed daily until they sprout. They offer not only pure forms of vitamins A, B, C and E but also assorted minerals like calcium, iron, and potassium. They are easily digestible and contain a high concentration of enzymes facilitating digestion. Like soybeans and flax seed, they contain phytosterols, hormonally active plant estrogen, which I have found helps canaries develop full breeding condition.
See comment below: "Has anyone sprouted and fed canaries any of the other different beans available"?