What is fodder? It’s simply a great source of food for your life stock. It’s usually sprouted from grains and fairly easy to grow your own at home.
I feed mine to my chickens and my goats. They love it. It’s great to grow for when it’s cold and they can have fresh green grass. It’s also full of protein.
Here is my method and how I do it.
You can use wheat berries or barley.
What you need:
• 2″ deep planting trays or tinfoil pans
• bulk bag of untreated, red wheat or barley.
• bucket or a big bowl
• a rack or shelf to keep the seeds on
• soak the desired amount of seeds in a bucket or large bowl for 12-24 hours.
• strain the seeds and line the trays with the soaked seeds (no more than 1/2″ deep to avoid mold.)
• water the seeds 2-3 times a day. Do not leave standing water in the tray. Just leave enough for growth, standing water will create mold.
• keep watering for 7-9 days. the seeds will start to form a mat of roots and become easier to water, and strain. You will have almost 5-6 inches of grass by day 9.
• harvest! You will have a whole tray of fresh protein packed grass for your animals. It’s easy to cut into small pieces for small animals like chickens and rabbits, or break up for the goats.
They can eat the whole mat of grass, seeds and roots.
In order to keep a good cycle of fodder going for you animals it’s best to start a new batch of seeds every 1-2 days, depending on how many you’re feeding.