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post #11 of 4055

Great idea to start a thread about this... I'm still harvesting my garden, so when I start sprouting, I'll post pics, too...

DH, 3 boys under 8;  Spring 2014:  Wheaten Marans, OE and bantam cochin calico/mottled project.  Wish List: enough space for 10 more breeds

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DH, 3 boys under 8;  Spring 2014:  Wheaten Marans, OE and bantam cochin calico/mottled project.  Wish List: enough space for 10 more breeds

Water heaters: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/dhens-water-homemade-water-heater

Swaps:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/dalooras-swap-page

 

Like kids books??  check out my web site for Usborne Books: www.x3403.myubam.com

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post #12 of 4055
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I still have some garden goodies left, but most of that is going to the freezer camp boys. 

Black Copper Marans - Golden Cuckoo Marans - Black Tail Buff Marans - BBS Orpingtons - Jubilee Orpingtons - Bantam Cochins - Muscovy Ducks - Quail - Midget White Turkeys - QCU Poultry Drinkers / Feeders
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Black Copper Marans - Golden Cuckoo Marans - Black Tail Buff Marans - BBS Orpingtons - Jubilee Orpingtons - Bantam Cochins - Muscovy Ducks - Quail - Midget White Turkeys - QCU Poultry Drinkers / Feeders
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post #13 of 4055

Thank you so much for posting this. I have been wanting to do this for awhile and keep putting it off but you inspired me. I have my seed trays now and have tracked down some bulk seeds. (I live in the city so the options are kind of limited). I haven't found wheat but I think I am going to do barley with flax and boss mixed it. I also have oats available - do you think that would be any good or not?

 

Thank you again.

post #14 of 4055
Thread Starter 

I don't suggest using the flax seed. It turns into a gummy mass of goo. Oh, and make sure that the barley isn't the pearled kind. The pearled barley won't sprout. BOSS is good. :)

Black Copper Marans - Golden Cuckoo Marans - Black Tail Buff Marans - BBS Orpingtons - Jubilee Orpingtons - Bantam Cochins - Muscovy Ducks - Quail - Midget White Turkeys - QCU Poultry Drinkers / Feeders
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Black Copper Marans - Golden Cuckoo Marans - Black Tail Buff Marans - BBS Orpingtons - Jubilee Orpingtons - Bantam Cochins - Muscovy Ducks - Quail - Midget White Turkeys - QCU Poultry Drinkers / Feeders
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post #15 of 4055
Great. Thank you. I'll stay away from the flax seed. It is definitely whole barley. Yay!
post #16 of 4055

If you live in the city and are having a hard time finding wheat, barley, or corn, try a home brew store. They will sell it in bulk and can answer questions about "malting" the grain. Back yard chickens and home brewing, these are two of my favorite hobbies.

3 Cuckcoo Maran's, 2 Black Australorps, 1 Java.

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3 Cuckcoo Maran's, 2 Black Australorps, 1 Java.

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post #17 of 4055

Reading this is making me excited about my winter projects, including sprouting!!

DH, 3 boys under 8;  Spring 2014:  Wheaten Marans, OE and bantam cochin calico/mottled project.  Wish List: enough space for 10 more breeds

Water heaters: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/dhens-water-homemade-water-heater

Swaps:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/dalooras-swap-page

 

Like kids books??  check out my web site for Usborne Books: www.x3403.myubam.com

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DH, 3 boys under 8;  Spring 2014:  Wheaten Marans, OE and bantam cochin calico/mottled project.  Wish List: enough space for 10 more breeds

Water heaters: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/dhens-water-homemade-water-heater

Swaps:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/dalooras-swap-page

 

Like kids books??  check out my web site for Usborne Books: www.x3403.myubam.com

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post #18 of 4055
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Originally Posted by ChickensRDinos View Post

Thank you so much for posting this. I have been wanting to do this for awhile and keep putting it off but you inspired me. I have my seed trays now and have tracked down some bulk seeds. (I live in the city so the options are kind of limited). I haven't found wheat but I think I am going to do barley with flax and boss mixed it. I also have oats available - do you think that would be any good or not?

 

Thank you again.

I tried oats in my Fodder system and had a HORRIBLE experience.  Poor sprouting, dirty water, and lots of slime.  Funny, because it sprouted right up when I threw it in the worm bin..... I found feed wheat and it's been a dream.  I have mine all automated with recycled water (I'm a lazy homesteader).  I started my fodder system to feed the critters I want to have on my urban homestead (some rabbits, a few chickens, and a couple of mini goats).  It's turned into sort of a little business since a lot of my friends wanted one..

 

 

Here's the finished Fodder (6 days):

 

post #19 of 4055
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I tried oats in my Fodder system and had a HORRIBLE experience.  Poor sprouting, dirty water, and lots of slime.  Funny, because it sprouted right up when I threw it in the worm bin..... I found feed wheat and it's been a dream.  I have mine all automated with recycled water (I'm a lazy homesteader).  I started my fodder system to feed the critters I want to have on my urban homestead (some rabbits, a few chickens, and a couple of mini goats).  It's turned into sort of a little business since a lot of my friends wanted one..

 

 

 

I am silly excited about this. Plan to start this weekend. I am pretty new to urhan homesteading and am slowly planning and added new things. I recently started to grow some herbs and plants indoors with a grow light so I am added these into the mix. How long of a light cycle do you have them on?

post #20 of 4055

The sprouts don't need any additional light.  They're in there for such a short time and you aren't asking them to flower or fruit.  I just use what light is in the living room where my Fodder system sits.

 

My sprouting routine and more information about fodder is a www.half-pinthomestead.com

 

Sherry
 

P.S. I'm new to Urban Homesteading too.  My last place was 35 acres with horse, goats, and guineas,  The place before was 7 acres with milk cows, horses, chickens, sheep, and pigs.  It's sort of a lovely puzzle to scale everything down to 1/5 of an acre....yesss.gif


Edited by melwynnd - 10/8/12 at 2:49pm
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