Feb 6, 2014

Sprouting Grains for Chickens: Fodder for Thought

Sprouting grains is an easy way to provide chickens with fresh, nutritious greens any time of year with very little effort.
My flock enjoys the many benefits of free-ranging all year long, but in winter, their green, lush, nutritious plant supply is often buried underneath unreasonable amounts of snow, so I decided to experiment with supplementing their diet and their daily entertainment docket with sprouted grains. Sprouts are simply whole grains or seeds that are grown with water before being fed to the chickens. Sprouting grains is an easy way to provide chickens with fresh, nutritious greens any time of year with very little effort. 
Sprouting grains is an easy way to provide chickens with fresh, nutritious greens any time of year with very little effort.
Sprouting grains is an easy way to provide chickens with fresh, nutritious greens any time of year with very little effort.
Sprouting can also be an economical way to stretch a feed budget, however, this article addresses the basics of sprouting grains for the average backyard flock as an occasional supplement to their diet, not as the primary feed source. Endless resources are available on the topic of growing fodder for chickens and ruminants as the chief diet component, a smattering of which I have cited below.
Growing Sprouts vs fodder for chickens
SPROUTS vs. FODDER
It took me a long time to wrap my head around the subtle differences between sprouts and fodder. The terms are often used interchangeably, but the Sprodder Police get upset when we do that, so...let’s not go there. Sprouts and fodder are simply different stages of the same germinated grains. Sprouts are germinated seeds grown to less than four inches in height, fodder is grown from the same germinated seeds to a height greater than four inches. While the process for growing sprouts and fodder is similar, fodder obviously takes longer to grow, which presents the risk of dangerous mold growth.

Growing fodder requires slightly different sanitation procedures, often involving bleach or hydrogen peroxide. There are subtle nutritional differences between sprouts and fodder, but I have not been persuaded that growing grain to the fodder stage for use as a feed supplement is worth the time, effort or limited risk for a chicken supplement. Additionally, I worry about the length of fodder causing crop impaction in my birds, so I’ll stick with sprouts. I like to sprout wheat grains to the four or five inch height, which takes a mere six days.
BENEFITS OF SPROUTING: 
The best review I found of the nutritional benefits of sprouts can be found here, but a summary of some of the benefits includes:

  • Year-round access to fresh greens regardless of the weather or outside growing conditions.
  • Entertainment for bored chickens
  • Makes the vitamins, minerals and proteins in the grains more bioavailable to the chickens. Think of grains as a nutrition packet wrapped in protective packaging. When eaten as-is with the seed packaging in place, the grain is prevented from being fully utilized nutritionally. Sprouting removes that packaging, freeing up the good stuff to break down and transform into even better stuff.
  • Sprouting improves the enzyme content, making it more easily digested than grains; after sprouting, a grain becomes 40-50% more digestible to the bird, which means that they are getting more nutrition and fiber than from the same amount of unsprouted grain
  • Sprouts are loaded with chlorophyll and beta-carotene, resulting in darker yolks and more nutritious eggs.
Growing sprouts for Chickens,  fodder at day 7
Tips for Success
  • Acquire the grains from a reputable source, ensuring that they have not been treated and are fresh. Health food stores, feed stores and online merchants are all sources to consider. For a three grain, corn-free, Non-GMO, organic blend, check out Scratch and Peck Feeds here.
  • Always use clean containers and clean, fresh water.
  • Sprouting can be done on the kitchen counter. No special lighting necessary.
  • Room temperature should be between 45°F and 69°F.
  • No special equipment is necessary, but someone is always happy to take your money for special growing trays.
Rachel, my Bantam Cochin Frizzle chicken enjoying some wheat sprouts.
The chickens eat every part of the sprout, which means there is ZERO waste!
HOW TO SPROUT GRAINS
The method for sprouting grains is incredibly simple: rinse, soak overnight, rinse twice a day, drain well in between rinsing. Got it? Good, let’s complicate it.
Sprouting tray for fodder can be made from virtually any plastic container in which holes can be made
Wheat sprouts for chickens, fodder by day 7

MATERIALS NEEDED
  • A plastic container with drain holes in it (any inexpensive container will do- round, square, rectangle)
  • Whole grain wheat and barley are the two most commonly sprouted grains, but sprouting can be done with oats, sunflower seeds, alfalfa, lentils, clover, mung beans, soybeans, etc.
  • Fresh water.
Chicken fodder sprouted in eggshells
I grew this fodder in blown eggshells and fed the entire thing, shells and all, to the chickens. 

THE PROCESS (blink and you’ll miss it)

  1. In a large bowl, cover the grains with fresh water and soak a minimum of 8 hours to a maximum of 24 hours. (I soak mine overnight)
  2. Create holes in the chosen container that are small enough that the grain doesn’t fall through them.
  3. At the end of the soaking period, drain grains well and spread them to  ¼”- ½ inch deep in chosen container.
  4. Place container over a second, slightly larger container to allow the water to drain off the grains fully.
  5. The sprouts should be watered and then drained fully twice each day for six days. By day six, the sprouted grains are ready to be fed to the flock.
Soak overnight.
Soaking wheat grains overnight to sprout for chickens
 After an overnight soak, grains have already begun to sprout.
wheat grains for sprouting after soaking period
At 24 hours.
wheat sprouts for chickens at 24 hours
Day 2. The sprouts can be fed to the chickens at any point,
but the nutritional benefits max out around day six.
wheat sprouts for chickens at 2 days growth
 Day 3
wheat spouts for chickens at 3 days of growth
 Day 4
wheat sprouts for chickens at day four of growth
 Day 5
wheat sprouts for chickens at day 5
 Day 6. This is the maximum height I like to sprout to- longer than 4-5" isn't necessary.
Sprouting Grains for Chickens: Fodder for Thought
 Day 7. Now it's pretty and decorative to keep on the windowsill!
wheat sprouts at day 7, fodder at this point
Day 7. The root mat was a bit thicker than desired on this batch. 
Fewer seeds were used in subsequent batches.
wheat sprouts into fodder at day 7 of growth ready for harvest
Quail like fodder too!
wheat fodder for quail

Sources & further reading:
This article was shared here: Tilly's NestTip Junkie
Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

623 comments :

  1. Sunshine Martinis2/6/14, 9:27 PM

    I'm wondering HOW I'm sprouting enough for my eighty ladies :) Great Article...love the artwork!!

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  2. Sara Trocker-Hambly2/6/14, 9:27 PM

    Beautiful art..

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  3. TheChickenChick2/6/14, 9:29 PM

    I'm wondering WHERE you're sprouting for 80 ladies! :)

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  4. This is a wonderful idea! I just started cutting up chard or spinach to feed to the girls (with some dried meal worm thrown in, because I'm a spoiler) a couple of times per week so that they have some greens and they have loved it. Can't wait to try this and mix things up!

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  5. Carrie Dinges2/6/14, 9:32 PM

    I love my chicken I love my chickens.I love them all ...chick norris, click nugget, Dixie chick, peepers, rabbit and my stud king author....I love chickens! !!

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  6. Ann Massarella Maxted2/6/14, 9:32 PM

    I've been wanting to get some of her art. Maybe I'll just win one :)

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  7. Sara Dilley Crocker2/6/14, 9:33 PM

    I've been wanting to learn more about sprouting grains for my flock. Thank you for the great information!

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  8. Need to do this for sure! I've been worried they are getting bored tho they have been hanging out under the porch where I've thrown straw for the dogs... poor dogs have been evicted... lol

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  9. April Halverson2/6/14, 9:34 PM

    would love Winning This Print :)

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  10. I love her artwork...and this one is one of my favorites! Thanks for doing such cool give-aways!

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  11. Lisa Sutton Killian2/6/14, 9:38 PM

    What a great idea for a winter treat. I think they miss the look of green grass as much as I do.

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  12. Teri McInnis2/6/14, 9:40 PM

    Can't wait to make some for my girls! Thanks

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  13. Going to give it a try... sounds easy enough! Love the rooster artwork by Sarah!

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  14. Nancy Fitzgerald Hoggard2/6/14, 9:43 PM

    Great article. I've been looking into this layely myself. Thanks for providing the info.

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  15. Bianca DiRuocco2/6/14, 9:43 PM

    Love your blog, love Sarah's art. Great combo!

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  16. TheChickenChick2/6/14, 9:44 PM

    My pleasure. I'm sure your chickens will appreciate it!

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  17. pat mangum2/6/14, 9:46 PM

    I love this! I can feed them to my husband as well! lol

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  18. I'm going to sprout some seeds tomorrow.wish I had this idea sooner.

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  19. I've got 15 lbs of wheat - that should last me a while, yes? :-)

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  20. TheChickenChick2/6/14, 9:49 PM

    And you can eat them too!

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  21. TheChickenChick2/6/14, 9:49 PM

    My pleasure, thanks Nancy!

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  22. Tierney Sheets Clark2/6/14, 9:51 PM

    Very interesting article. Worth a try too! And as always Sarah rocks!

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  23. Eva Hargrave2/6/14, 9:51 PM

    This has been my favorite picture yet. It's precious!

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  24. Nancy Arnold2/6/14, 9:54 PM

    I love the idea of growing sprouts. thanks

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  25. ebeauchamp1983 .2/6/14, 9:55 PM

    Great article!

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  26. TheChickenChick2/7/14, 12:55 AM

    Thanks!

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  27. TheChickenChick2/7/14, 12:55 AM

    My pleasure. Happy sprouting!

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  28. TheChickenChick2/7/14, 12:55 AM

    I should think so!

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  29. TheChickenChick2/7/14, 12:56 AM

    It has been a long winter, hasn't it? I don't think it'll be ending too soon either, so there's plenty of time for the chickens to appreciate the sprouts, DeAnn!

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  30. Grace Murray2/7/14, 1:00 AM

    I'm starting sprouts tomorrow! My inside birds will love them too!

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  31. TheChickenChick2/7/14, 1:08 AM

    Happy sprouting Grace!

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  32. R.R. Starr2/7/14, 2:52 AM

    I have tried quite a few different sprouts and the only ones they didn't like overly much where quinoa.

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  33. Great inspiration! My house bunnies will love the sprouts too.

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  34. carol tarzwell2/7/14, 5:30 AM

    Thanks! I'm definitely going to try this! I've been buying a bag or 2 of fresh greens every week but this would be WAY cheaper.

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  35. I'm going to try this. Sounds easy! Also, thanks for the opportunity to win the chicken print!

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  36. This is a great idea! I've grown cat grass for my kitties, but never thought of it for the chickens too! Going to buy some tomorrow to start for them! May be awhile before we see grass again

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  37. Sunshine Martinis2/7/14, 6:59 AM

    When we moved to The Crooked Cupola Farm, the agreement with my husband was, he can have the upstairs of the barn, I get the downstairs. (The water is on the lower level). It's a 100+yr old Standing beam barn that is 50x100'. I'm sure I can figure out SOMEWHERE in there! Now if only it weren't the "balmy" Wisconsin winter it is!! If you'd be interested in seeing our ladies & fellas, there's plenty o' pics @ www.facebook.com/thecrookedcupolafarm :)

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  38. Great way to keep happy, healthy girls in snow country. Down here in Georgia the world is their oyster pretty much all the time.

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  39. Tammy Townsend2/7/14, 7:15 AM

    My chickens are definitely bored! And even after shoveling a path..they go straight for underneath the porch (if they come out at all). I think trying the fodder will be a great change for them. Thank you, again :)

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  40. Lori Westerman Falkenstien2/7/14, 7:20 AM

    I got some wheat berries from a farmer friend earlier this week to sprout. Your blog came at just the right time! :)

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  41. My girls love lentils and hard white wheat and field peas sprouted. I also feed them to my quaker parrot Sam.

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  42. Well, I'm game to try. We have a health food store in town that will have one of your suggestions, I am sure. My hens are known not to eat many of the foods folks say they will, so it will be interesting to see if they like sprouts.

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  43. What a great idea.

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  44. Ana Saavedra2/7/14, 8:00 AM

    I do this for mine with wheat berries. They love it!

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  45. Martha Berry2/7/14, 8:06 AM

    Love this going to try it!

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  46. TheChickenChick2/7/14, 8:38 AM

    Cool!

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  47. Martina Thomas2/7/14, 8:49 AM

    I am stopping by the health food store and picking up my seeds today!

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  48. This will by my #1 project on the list this weekend...along with starting some of my OWN seeds for the vegetable garden. My girls are restless no matter how many times I shovel out a ranging area for them...they will appreciate some green!

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  49. Kim Collins Hunt2/7/14, 9:31 AM

    I've been wanting to try sprouting--thanks for making it sound so simple! Also, thanks for the great giveaway!

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  50. Holly Johnson2/7/14, 9:34 AM

    My "girls" love the wheat sprouts I give them. I think I'll try other types of grains to sprout to give them some variety.

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  51. I am going to try this as I have wheat berries for my breadmaking . . . I know the girls will love it!!!

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  52. Tonya Powell2/7/14, 9:39 AM

    We grow fodder for the rabbits and started giving it to the chickens too. I had a hen get impacted/sour crop from the fodder (she is much better but now she is inside and it's so cold outside...need to get her back to the flock but the temp change would be too much right now). We now give it to the hens when it is shorter or we cut the length like mowing grass =)

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  53. Janet Rigdon2/7/14, 9:43 AM

    This looks like a great idea to cheer them up until spring.

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  54. Sandy Scofield2/7/14, 9:45 AM

    My little sprouter melted in the dishwasher. Must acquire a new one after reading you. Would love to win the Blessing print to hang with my Packing House labels.

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  55. I have been wanting to try this--thanks for the simple instructions.

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  56. Kyle Chittock2/7/14, 10:10 AM

    Good sources of information for your article. :) (Kyle with Fodder Solutions)

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  57. christy strand2/7/14, 10:13 AM

    This helps me a lot. THanks!

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  58. Kimberly Swenson2/7/14, 10:14 AM

    You must of read my mind!! I have been researching this sprouting idea for my new flock. Where I live we do not have much of any green vegetation for the chickens. So I would like to supplement them with sprouts. Thanks for the sprouting height this will help me out greatly!!!

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  59. Kristen Rogers Guerrette2/7/14, 10:14 AM

    Again...great info!

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  60. Joanne Keith2/7/14, 10:15 AM

    Love it! Thank you for all the tips and giveaways ...for everything!

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  61. This would be perfect!

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  62. I love the print! Fingers crossed!

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  63. Liz Bennett2/7/14, 10:19 AM

    Going to try this :) thanks!

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  64. Heather Manning2/7/14, 10:21 AM

    Love this print. My kitchen is decked out in Roosters. Thank you for the chance!

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  65. Jessie Trudeau2/7/14, 10:23 AM

    Would love to win this art or the chick starter pack

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  66. What a cool idea, can't wait to give it a try.

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  67. I can't wait to find some seed and start sprouting!! Great tip! Thank you!

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  68. I LOVE this picture, it would go wonderfully in my kitchen! I'm new to hens and roos but I love my girls and my big boy. They're the best!! Thank you for giving me my daily dose of farm life :)

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  69. Nancy Caglar2/7/14, 10:25 AM

    I'm definitely starting this today. My girls love greens and being the ground is snow covered they will love my extra effort.

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  70. Jennifer Martirano2/7/14, 10:26 AM

    Thanks for the great idea! :) My girls will love it!

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  71. I follow you and love the blog! I will be trying to sprout grains for my flock! Would love to win this giveaway. I adore her work!!!

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  72. Linda Lane Parker2/7/14, 10:28 AM

    I collect all things chicken 'cept real ones, so I love seeing all of yours.

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  73. Alice Birchfield2/7/14, 10:28 AM

    I used to grow sprouts for me. You have inspired to me do it again. I want that print!

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  74. I am already subscribed to your blog via email. Does that mean I am entered? Going to give the sprouting a try again. Not so successful last year!

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  75. This is a great website!! So excited to begin my new adventures. Now only if the ground would thaw out lol

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  76. Great article on sprouts, we will be trying this out soon!

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  77. I really want to try this.

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  78. Melanie Stacy2/7/14, 10:31 AM

    Can't wait to try this!! This weekend will be the perfect time to start!!

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  79. I have some barley, can I do this with it?

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  80. P.l. Forgash2/7/14, 10:31 AM

    Sarah and her lovely chicken prints, Kathy and her fantastic knowledge sharing of all things chicken! Love it! Hope the snow gives it a rest soon, we usually look like you folks there. Right now we are in extreme drought, pretty scary here in far northeastern California…..

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  81. Ann Marie Wallace2/7/14, 10:33 AM

    I tried to comment last night but it wouldn't go through. I guess disqus was too full. My question is what type of grain is best to sprout for your chickens or can you do any? Love the print by the way.

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  82. I love this - it will be like spring time growing in the house plus it is good for the chickens - win -win!

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  83. I am going to try this - it sounds like a fun project and I bet the girls will love it. Win/Win!

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  84. Love your blog. Miss my chickens. Had lots problems with predators this year so have none for now. Love the print!!

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  85. Kristie Fontaine2/7/14, 10:35 AM

    I can't wait to try this out with my chickens! Great info.!

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  86. Just copied the above information, going to give this a try this weekend, love giving good food to my girls.

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  87. Gail Parker2/7/14, 10:40 AM

    I can't wait to get seeds and try this!

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  88. Laura Beard2/7/14, 10:42 AM

    I'm already subscribed. Thanks for the contests

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  89. Laura Schicatano2/7/14, 10:42 AM

    wonderful idea for the chickens!

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  90. Vicki Young2/7/14, 10:42 AM

    I can't wait to try this! Thank you for the great article!

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  91. Anastacia Marshall Caldwell2/7/14, 10:43 AM

    What a great treat for the girls!

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  92. Suea N Oldkid2/7/14, 10:44 AM

    Gotta have it.....Please!

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  93. I love this! I know so many people who sprout for their chickens because living in Alaska our girls needs all the fresh food they can get in the winters. I haven't seen it explained so well before so thanks! I am finally going to give it a try.

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  94. I am really interested to give it a try..thank you for sharing! The artwork is beautiful and it would look great on the wall in my kitchen!

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  95. Love the pic! And love reading your blog!

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  96. Barbara Diamond Johnson2/7/14, 11:13 AM

    My next project!

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  97. Tonya Powell2/7/14, 11:14 AM

    we grow fodder for the rabbits and began giving it to the hens. After a crop issue with one of the girls we now clip the length of the grass a few times before they get it or give it to them sooner. They love it =)

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  98. Think I'll give it a try plus it will make it more cheerful in the kitchen!

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  99. I Love sprouting grains for my birdies!!!! Great pics!

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  100. Susanne Varner2/7/14, 11:17 AM

    this is great, I just started the fodder system as well, Barley is what I use. My chickens love it, the ducks and Goats are not that fond of it at the moment. I would love to win this great piece of Poultry Art!

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  101. great tip..thanks! :-)

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  102. Darcy Farrens2/7/14, 11:20 AM

    Your Blog is so much fun! I look forward to it everyday. You have such wonderful advice and suggestions to share. Wish there were more people like you.

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  103. Patricia Tunney Miller2/7/14, 11:21 AM

    I have some soaking right now. My chickens, turkeys and ducks are always excited to see me coming to the coop with sprouts for them. It looks like they are smiling....

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  104. Beatrice Foster2/7/14, 11:23 AM

    Love this art work.

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  105. I have wheat grass packets at the ready. :>

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  106. Elizabeth Nicole Stelling2/7/14, 11:29 AM

    Another great article! I like the other seed suggestions in the comments too. I will definitely need to try this for my flock. Thank you!

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  107. Deborah Gray2/7/14, 11:31 AM

    never thought of that my mother in law has a sprouter she dosnt use i will give it a try !

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  108. Juli Morris2/7/14, 11:32 AM

    Would love to win the artwork! And if the ladies could read, they would encourage me to grow them some sprouts!

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  109. Ive been wanting some greens for my chicks this winter. Thanks for the great ideas!!!

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  110. cathyspears2/7/14, 11:37 AM

    I love these prints! Just awesome! thanks for this chance!

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  111. Nadine Sizemore2/7/14, 11:39 AM

    I am learning something new each day,got to try this,Thanks

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  112. Thomas Selbe2/7/14, 11:39 AM

    Nice! My mom would love this!

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  113. That's a great idea.... I will forward to my mom, our chicken lady!

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  114. Dawn Anne Frederick2/7/14, 11:41 AM

    Thanks for the awesome tips on growing greens for my girls!! Also, I would so enjoy winning that print from Sarah!! Thanks for your daily help!!

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  115. Martha Stearnes2/7/14, 11:43 AM

    thanks

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  116. lovely Rooster. Never thought about sprouting grains. Pretty cool

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  117. Donna M Sarvay-Stone2/7/14, 11:44 AM

    Always some good info to share Thanks and Sarah's work would be great to win! :)

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  118. Debra Smith Neal2/7/14, 12:08 PM

    I have some red wheat I'm going to try !

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  119. Kathy Boyer2/7/14, 12:10 PM

    Thanks for another great post! I think I will do this for my already spoiled ladies!

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  120. I can't wait to try this. My girls will be so happy:)

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  121. Marla Pennabaker2/7/14, 12:13 PM

    I love chickens!!!!

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  122. Brenda Thackaberry Nye2/7/14, 12:16 PM

    Sprouting as we "speak" :)

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  123. K.c. Douglas2/7/14, 12:21 PM

    I kind of forget about sprouts sometimes, but gonna start some today, my babies need more variety:)

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  124. Vickisundin2/7/14, 12:22 PM

    Thank you for the information on this!! I think my girls are going to love this!

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  125. Love that..gonna do :)

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  126. Michael Gambino2/7/14, 12:23 PM

    I've got my seeds! Going to give this a try for my girls!

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  127. I like this idea and must pass it on to my mother. Thanks

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  128. Liz Allen McCollum2/7/14, 12:24 PM

    This sounds like a great weekend project!

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  129. Great article on sprouting. I have been sprouting seeds for my flock for a while now and they all seem to love it :)

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  130. Going to give this a try! Thanks for such a great tip!

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  131. Love sprouts!

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  132. gail ackerman2/7/14, 12:30 PM

    luv it.thank u

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  133. I've been sprouting/growing fodder for a couple weeks now. It definitely is easy but the challenge of limiting the presence of mold is a challenge. Even with 'flushing' with water, not sure about some of the white mold that comes. I end up doing more work of really using a stronger spray of water to eliminate it and then pull it out of the container on a cookie rack to really drain fully. I also tried to raise the tilt of the containers so they drain faster. No difference. Any better ideas?

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  134. Sharie Ann Patrick2/7/14, 12:34 PM

    My daughter in law would love this

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  135. Valerie McNaught Rogers2/7/14, 12:39 PM

    going to start some seed this weekend

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  136. Esther widgren2/7/14, 12:43 PM

    The sprouts look so wonderful: good enough to eat! :-) I'll have to give this a try.
    I am already deeply in love with Sarah's chickens and hope to get some soon.

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  137. Will do this for mine!

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  138. I have been wanting to try this for my 7 hens, especially in Colorado where we don't have any green in the winter. I will be trying this next week. Thanks for such a simple plan. And love, love, love your artwork.

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  139. Lisa Sutton Killian2/7/14, 12:48 PM

    This is just beautiful!

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  140. Karen Grantham2/7/14, 12:51 PM

    I'm going to try some "sprouting" this weekend! I could definitely do that! I think my hens will like it too, since we've had snow in TX (which is rare) multiple times this winter and more is expected next week! Love another giveaway too! Beautiful artwork!

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  141. I've been sprouting wheat for my chickies for a while now and I'm am considering soing some regular fodder. Would that make me a "sprodder"?

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  142. Love the print and love the idea of sprouts for the girls. Thanks!

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  143. Kimberlee Kozakiewicz2/7/14, 1:01 PM

    I'm starting to decorate the inside of my chicken coop and this would take center honor on the main wall, so pick me, me, me,me!

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  144. Janet Whitt Christian2/7/14, 1:02 PM

    that is a great poster and I love started seeds good article

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  145. Sounds line a great project to beat cabin fever for me and my chicks on this blustering snow day.

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  146. Terri McMillan2/7/14, 1:05 PM

    nice idea for growing sprouts!

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  147. I will definitely be doing this for the next couple of days. Thank you so much for all of the great advice. How often do you do this and I like the idea of the egg shell. Also I would love to win one of Sarah's pics.

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  148. Claire Berry2/7/14, 1:05 PM

    Great article. I have learned soooo much following your blog.

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  149. Hedy Prachar Arnold2/7/14, 1:12 PM

    Would love the whole set of prints

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  150. Doreen Lapointe2/7/14, 1:19 PM

    I started with barley a little over 2 weeks ago. It's working out great. Thank you for all the info you share...really helps. On a separate note, it is nice you have a print from Sarah for a giveaway. I love her art.

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  151. Rose Zamarocy2/7/14, 1:20 PM

    I would love that print. So cute!!

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  152. Beth Whipp Smith2/7/14, 1:22 PM

    This is great. I'm sure my girls would love some green. Thanks!!

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  153. BG's Studio 132/7/14, 1:22 PM

    THAT'S A LOVELY PRINT! I'm going to sprout away-my girls will love it!

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  154. Marci Lyon2/7/14, 1:28 PM

    Going to try this, good winter time treat.

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  155. Maria Campbell2/7/14, 1:33 PM

    Man, the only way this giveaway could be better is if a real chicken was sent along with the print. I love this artwork and would love to win it. Thanks for the giveaway

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  156. melissa scartozzi2/7/14, 1:38 PM

    am in love with her art work. would love to have one. good luck to all

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  157. Marcia Schmitt2/7/14, 1:39 PM

    I have been keeping chickens for nine years now. Chickens adore sprouts. I would love to win the blessings print.

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  158. beth.laughlin@att.net

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  159. Mika Turner-Pryor2/7/14, 1:44 PM

    My girls will love this!

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  160. Like the sprout project. Love the Sarah Hudock art.

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  161. I used to grow sprouts for parakeets!! :) Very cool article! :)

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  162. Joyce Vassil2/7/14, 1:48 PM

    Sunshine...go to Backwoods Home Magazine...they have a wonderful article in their magazine about sprouting fodder...you can do it on a large scale by building a framework out of PVC pipe, getting a water tub and a small pump, and sprout a seedling tray every day for 6 days. That way you will have a tray every day. Just use your window for light. I have been thinking of putting one in my tub in the spare bathroom to keep it out of the way.

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  163. Linda J. Walker2/7/14, 1:48 PM

    okay, I'm trying this!

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  164. Mamabirdy552/7/14, 1:53 PM

    I've often thought about growing sprouts!! Think I'll give it a try, as we also are overflowing with snow, snow, snow!!! This will bring a little bit' o spring into their lives!!!!! Thanks for the great info!

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  165. Great idea, thanks!

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  166. Kim Michener2/7/14, 2:03 PM

    Great article, I can't wait to try this! Beautiful piece of artwork.

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  167. Andrea Manfredo2/7/14, 2:16 PM

    Thanks Kathy for another great article.

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  168. Colleen Labman2/7/14, 2:16 PM

    Love this page!

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  169. Lisa Meier2/7/14, 3:15 PM

    So very informative!

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  170. Evelyn Qualls2/7/14, 3:16 PM

    I am an admirer of Sarah Hudock's lighthearted art and would love this print. Please enter me in the giveaway. I found the sprouting article very interesting. I am going to try it! Thank you.

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  171. Love the artwork and tips on your site

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  172. Ron Willett2/7/14, 3:36 PM

    Starting me some today. I build picture frames from recycled wood and already have a frame picked out for this art. Thanks for the article and giveaway.

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  173. Delightful for the eyes and the mind! Thank you for sharing all of your talents; much appreciated.

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  174. Stephanie Johnson2/7/14, 3:40 PM

    Really enjoying your blog. Starting some sprouts this week and hoping to win the Sarah Hudock giveaway.

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  175. Katie Brown Stafford2/7/14, 3:43 PM

    I tried sprouting a couple times....and did not work. I will try again! I love Sarah's work!!

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  176. Love the artwork!

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  177. Denise Camicia Pruitt2/7/14, 3:47 PM

    OMG....this is so beautiful....I would love to win! Thanks for all the great info everyday that you post....I know it's a lot of work....but great appreciated!

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  178. Rea Cheatham2/7/14, 3:49 PM

    I'm going to try this.

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  179. Jerrilynn Fleming Willis2/7/14, 3:57 PM

    What a fun project! I have a bunch of sprouting seeds... some chia, some alfalfa, some brown flax, and some winter wheat that I got in a sprouting seeds assortment on ebay a while back. Now I know exactly what I want to do with them!

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  180. Love all the ideas and giveaways!!

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  181. Janell Bradley2/7/14, 4:19 PM

    Our winter has been WAY TOO LONG & COLD ... tired of temps down to -20 at night. My girls definitely deserve these sprouts! I've made your flock block this winter, but these sprouts will be a special treat on a day they have to stay in for the day! I'd love a chance at 'Blessings' as well! Sarah has a great website but the print I wanted was out of stock. Will have to check back again.

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  182. Very interesting article on sprouting, my Silkies would love me to do this for them! I would love to win the Beautiful Artwork, I am already subscribed to the blog, thanks again for all the good info and contests!!!

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  183. Very Lovely,would love .my sister is Roster collector and kitchen designed for chickens.Raised them when we were younger.They always flogged her,especially the fancy chickens one called minnie pearl.

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  184. My girls will love this! They're having a great time outside today because some of the snow has melted away in spots! :)

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  185. Just bought a seed sprouter for the chickens and me.

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  186. We've been talking about learning how to grow sprouts for our chickens so we could then teach some local 4-H'ers. What a great source of information!

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  187. Diana Santry2/7/14, 5:00 PM

    I have subscribed to your blog via email, and just love your great photos, Ellen's jokes, coffee fiend hens, and great information. Sure would love to win this print :)

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  188. Kathy Fontana Raffetto2/7/14, 5:10 PM

    Thank you so much for this info. You have made it sound so doable. I also wanted to thank you for introducing Sarah and her artwork. I've had my eye on the set that this one comes from.

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  189. Robin Lake Reints2/7/14, 5:14 PM

    I love the instructions for sprouting grains for the chickens. Looks like something they'd really love to eat! I also love the print by Sarah Hudock. Lots of chicken fun here!

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  190. Love reading your blog and seeing your great pictures

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  191. Leigh Uemae-Valdivia2/7/14, 5:30 PM

    Great idea! This is something that I have wanted to do, but wasn't quite sure how to. Thank you for the step by step instructions. Gonna give it a try and see how the girls like it. :)

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  192. Chiefbuzzbee2/7/14, 5:40 PM

    Great article on the sprouts.....Ok I guess I love the article but really would love to win the giveaways!

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  193. Sandi Bergeron2/7/14, 5:45 PM

    Great idea to start greens for the girls! Almost time to think about gardens with them in mind too!

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  194. nancy busch-driver2/7/14, 5:47 PM

    I Love all your chickens, info, and I love Art, would love to win the giveaway and the awesome poster!!!

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  195. Becky Rathjen2/7/14, 5:50 PM

    another great giveaway. Would love to own one of her prints

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  196. Cheryl Postma2/7/14, 6:03 PM

    That is so beautiful!!! I would LOVE to win!

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  197. Vera Ring Jones2/7/14, 6:27 PM

    Might have to give this a try! I am sure my girls are missing their greens and would love this.
    Would love to win the beautiful giveaway too!

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