Happy Monday to you all, well as happy as a Monday can be anyways. So I had a very productive weekend and I’m so excited to share with you my results for the Fodder I grew for my chickens. I shared with you a couple of weeks ago that I ordered everything in Part 1, but now its all grown and fed to the chickens! So exciting!
I’m not gonna lie I have wanted to do this for a couple of years, the only thing holding me back was the difficulty. Boy was I wrong. I have read numerous blogs about growing fodder. Some say you have to bleach pans, some say they need a lot of water, others say not a lot of water, there is mold issues. I could go on and on. This was not my experience. Fodder is so simple to grow, It basically takes 60 seconds a day. Ok maybe more if you count me huffing and puffing up and down the stairs (I grow my fodder in the basement). I used Barley seed and maybe that’s the difference. I have heard other grains are harder to grow. The plan I followed was from a fellow blogger who has a very amusing spirit and this is the easiest system I have found.
Material I used was organic barley seed from Johnny’s Select Seeds, two different sized trays that I ordered from Amazon. I got 4 square trays measuring 10×10 with drainage holes, then 2 trays without holes measuring 10×20 for the water to drain into. All this cost me around $40 bucks, barley was the bulk of that. A grow light or a sunny window.
So here is the break down:
Day One: I filled a Solo cup to the first line with seed and put it in a small ice cream bucket with water…that’s it.
Day Two: Drain the seed and put it in the tray with drainage holes. Spread the seed out so that it is all even, you don’t want more than a 1/2 inch thickness. The seed expands as the seeds sprout. Before bedtime I just wet the seeds again(don’t use a lot of water)
Day Three: Water Seeds in the morning and start another batch if you want continuous fodder. Bedtime water again.
Continue this until Day 10, at this point it’s ready to feed to your chickens. I give my chickens half the amount everyday along with the dry feed we already give them. We have 9 chickens so this is what is working for me.
The chickens were a little hesitant towards it at first, but now they go crazy when they see me walking out with it. I’m not really sure how much money this is going to save me in the long run, but I’m sure it will be cheaper than the dry feed I get from the mill. Plus this is great for them to eat during these long, cold winter months in Ohio.
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