Chickens

Jess’ Chickens-Fodder Part 1

  
Welcome Back!  So Tiffany and I have shared some really cool builds with you lately, but I wanted to start a new post about my chickens I have on my make believe farm.  Yes I really do have chickens, but no I don’t have a farm…a girl can dream right?  Some of you may have no clue what fodder is because as of a couple of years ago I didn’t either, but don’t worry I will fill you in.

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So back in 2013 my husband and I decided we wanted to start raising chickens so we could teach our children to be responsible and also to get the fresh eggs that some people pay  $5.00 a dozen.  The word “fresh” and “organic” is something people are willing to throw money at.  Anyways when I was younger I bought my chickens and ducks that I raised for FFA from a place called Meyer Hatchery located in Polk, Ohio.  I highly recommend them.  They have great customer service and reasonable prices.  I didn’t want to be overrun with chickens so I ordered 3 Barred Rocks and 3 Buff Orpingtons.  They are both known for being calm, broody and friendly…that fits my profile!

Next up was getting a cute yet practical chicken coop.  We wanted good quality and something that we could grow our chicken numbers if for some reason we got crazy.  We found a company out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania called Amish Built Chicken Coops.  Look how cute my little baby was!

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We have really enjoyed raising these feathered things and surprisingly I actually enjoy having them out and about in our yard in the summer months.  All except Lenny our surprise rooster we ended up with.  Turns out Lenny loves the ladies, but doesn’t really care for a 3 year old chasing him with a stick…long story short we had us a little chicken dinner.

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Okay let’s get to this fodder stuff.  Fodder is basically just sprouted seeds such as barley and wheat that you feed your chickens.  They eat everything.  The seeds, the roots and the green shoots.  This is supposed to be very nutritious and also helps you stretch your money a little further when feeding your flock, I’m all about that.  Plus I feel like my ladies get bored in the winter so I kinda want to give them a treat.  This will be my first go around with sprouting seeds and I’m a little nervous, but I think in the end I will find that I should have done this years ago.

The seeds are ordered from Johnny’s Select Seeds and I ordered seed trays from Amazon so I will post my results in about a week so check back soon!  Also don’t forget to sign up for emails so you don’t ever miss a post from Jess or Tiffany and check out our Instagram and Facebook for any extras!

-Jess

 

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