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Barley Fodder Troubleshooting

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by krazychickylady, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. krazychickylady

    krazychickylady Out Of The Brooder

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    Does Anyone else grow barley fodder for their chickens?? I am trying to troubleshoot some problems I am having and can't seem to find good info.

    So my set up is a wire shelves from lowes.. we have 10 kitty litter pans that we drilled lots of holes in the bottom to make a shower watering system. We tried the gravity style and we found the pans were not getting evenly watered that way. The shower allowes all the pans to get watered.

    My issue is that I get great sprouts, great green grown... but my root mat is very very poor!! , like virtually no root mat. I have no idea why I am not getting that nice strong thick root mat??

    we have no mold issues, temsp are 65 to 70 , humidity is around 50% , I water twice a day and make sure everything floods and drains... any help would be great!!!
     
  2. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sorry you had to wait so long for an answer...above post is some pics of my setup. Do you have the seeds thick (depthwise) enough in the tray? I use about a cup of soaked seeds in each of those little trays. Have you tried a different barley? It is possible that yours might be old seed or the wrong type of seed? Or have additives? Just some thoughts!

    I love love love the fodder and my chickens JUMP for it.
     
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  4. krazychickylady

    krazychickylady Out Of The Brooder

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    No problem.. thanks for commenting :) ... about a week ago I messaged a guy off you tube to ask about it, and he also suggested that maybe my seed depth was not enough to get a good root mat... so I increased the seed in the pans.. I am almost to day 7/8 on that pan, so I am just waiting to see how that little experiment worked out... will keep you posted. I have pretty large pans, since I am trying to feed my rabbits and chickens with it, so I am thinking that I just wasn't getting enough seed in there.. BOY do my rabbits love this stuff!! they litterally run to the cage doors to get their fodder each night..lol and the chickens love it , but they seem to go after the seed part first and the greens get sort of scratched around...
     
  5. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    Great, do let us know. I will be curious! I think rule of thumb might be AT LEAST 1/4 to 1/2 inch depth of seeds...

    And yeah, my chickens prefer the seeds to the greens it appears, but they eat it all! If I hold it up at waist level they will jump for it and tear a piece off. And run off with it. Too cute...even feeding chickens can be hilarious! [​IMG]
     
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