Fodder for the girls - Page 6
ok, so i started growing fodder on a tiny scale...2 rubbermaid containers 6 inches sq. grew it in the garage, but it was possibly too warm or humid, and it started to mold. Any ideas on how to keep it from doing it again? I live in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, so it is by no means overly warm or humid per se...however this has been a hot one. Couldn't feed the chooks moldy roots, so I "mowed the grass" so to speak and they love it.
It's weird, the trays are super small, because I don't want to invest a lot of money til I kinda figure it out plus I only have 6 chickens (so far). Trays seem to be draining and they grow quickly. I keep them in front of the window, but I noticed on day 4, there is a little spot of mold. The garage does stay above 70 all day and mostly through the night. The trays are not full of water and the seed seems to be drying out properly. I eventually plan to move trays to a little greenhouse idea, but only if I figure it out... Thanks for the advice, I'll keep reading and adjusting.
I agree with usedhobarts. I had some smaller trays, with lots of 3/32" drainage holes drilled.
But there was a tiny valley all around the edge. I had trouble until I drained holes all along this too.
The seeds have to be fresh, and drain REALLY well. That might even be more important in your climate.
Another idea is that you could add a capful of either bleach, hydrogen perioxide, or vinegar to the soaking solution.
I love your info on the fodder system you are creating. I too, have 24 chickens to feed and have been too "chicken" to try it. I did buy some barley, but Im not sure what I did wrong or if I bought the wrong kind, because it never would sprout. I soak it for 3 days now and then feed it to the chickens so there isn't any waste, but I want to grow the fodder. Keep up the good work! You make it look easy and makes me want to give it another try.