The correct amount of dry wheat berries, for just a few birds, would be a cup (8oz.) full of dry wheat.  But don’t plan on soaking that amount in an eight ounce container, because it will almost double after the 8 to 12 hour soak they need.  I put the cup full of wheat into a large container, add luke warm water and swirl around to make sure all of the wheat is moistened.  I then rinse the wheat two to three times during the soaking stage. 

After the 12 hour soak, I plant the wheat at that time, but you may continue on for another day by putting the wheat in a sprouter or sprouting jar, to obtain a 1/8 to ¼ inch “tail” of a root-sprout, before you plant the wheat.  During the sprouting cycle, set anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature, 70 degrees being the best temperature.

If you use a very small amount of food grade Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) in the rinse water, it will increase the amount of seeds which will sprout.

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