Ya, 'germinated'. That is right. I had experienced it with mongo beans when I was in my teens. It took three days for them to germinate as large as the sprouting beans I saw in the magazine. I placed them all in a jar of water. After two or three days they 'germinate'. Anyway, the subject of that BIRD articles are parrots, parakeets, and the like. I took 'pigeon' also as a bird like the parrot that is why I posted it. Sorry, I don't know anything about barley....Is this what is called germinated? You get the seed to start growing then stop it? It is the difference between barley and malted barley right?