I am fairly new to chickens and am constantly trying new things and trying to save money. I had the great idea that seems too good to be true. Here is where the idea came from:
After watching tons of videos on growing fodder, it seems like an easy way to get 5 times the feed for your money. In my chicken run, there are old, short, 4x4 raised garden boxes. Here was my idea: sprout the fodder inside as usual, but then put them in the garden boxes. Here's the kicker, cover the garden boxes with 1/2" hardware cloth so the chickens can only eat the tops of the fodder! Genius right?!
The chickens stand on the hardware cloth and eat the green shoots but can't get down to the seeds or roots, and the plant just grows in the ground as usual. The chickens act as little lawn mowers and the fodder keeps coming back!
Has anyone tried this? What are your thoughts?