Our flock of chickens free range all year. Grazing grass, chasing bugs, and digging in the dirt for anything they find tasty not only is the best diet, but also keeps the chickens entertained and happy. In the winter when grass is buried in snow, there aren’t any bugs to chase and the ground is too frozen to dig in, feeding grain sprouts is a good way to supplement their diet. It’s a way to add something fresh to their diet, plus it adds something interesting for them to do when it’s too cold to go out and scratch around.
Feeding sprouted grains is also a good way to stretch the feed budget. Buying grain in bulk is usually cheaper than buying premade feed. In addition to that, sprouted grain contains more protein, vitamins, minerals, omega 3, and amino acid and has a higher enzymatic activity than unsprouted grain. The digestibility of the grain nearly doubles so the chickens eat less which means you feed less.