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Sprouting Barley Grains for Poultry

Sprouting barley grains for poultry provides a healthy addition to daily feedings. Learn how to easily set up a growing system in the comfort of your home. All that is needed is whole barley grains, a container for sprouting, and water. It is as easy as that!
Keyword: Sprouting barley grains


  • 10 pounds Non-GMO whole Barley Grains
  • Fresh Water


Step 1:

  • Thorough rinse barley grains well. Discarding the water used for rinsing grains.

Step 2:

  • In a container large enough to hold grains, add grains and fresh water. Make sure to cover grains by 3 inches of water. Allow grains to soak for a minimum of 8 hours, not exceeding 12 hours.

Step 3:

  • Strain the soaked grains, add to sprouting jar or trays. Spread soaked grain 1/4 to 1/2  inch thick into sprouting tray.

Step 4:

  • For the next 3 to 5 days, rinse barley sprouts with clean water several times. Making sure the water has completely drained from the sprouting tray. The barley grains can be harvested once they have reached the desired growth. Not exceeding 4-inches in height.


  • Select organic barley seeds or other grains from a reputable source. We use a Non-GMO barley grain from Scratch and Peck.
  • Make sure the containers, your hands, and the barley grains are as clean as possible. This will minimize the growth of mold and fungus later.
  • Grains sprout best between 65 degrees F and 75 degrees F. Using a seed heat pad during the winter months will help initiate germination.
  • Grow lights are not necessary for sprouting grains. Moderate natural light is sufficient.
  • Good air circulation helps to key to preventing the growth of mold and fungus. Do not store sprouting trays in the cupboard.
  • Use fresh water to rinse barley sprouts. Recycled water can be used, however, it does contribute to the growth of mold and fungus.