Best Seeds for Fodder

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by TateLewis, Sep 22, 2018.

  1. TateLewis

    TateLewis In the Brooder

    Aug 31, 2016
    Before I know, it's going to be winter where I live and I'm interested in trying to grow fodder for my hens this winter since it lasts so long around here. I am completely new to this and was wondering what is the best seed to buy. I searched Amazon and so much comes up I wasn't sure what is the best one to get.
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    My friend uses sunflower seeds and whole grains. I have never tried it though..:idunno
  3. glib

    glib Songster

    Dec 8, 2007
    rye, oats, wheat, barley, sunflower, alfalfa all germinate quickly. given the cost, the first five are preferred. if your germination room is on the cold side, rye germinates best at low temps.
  4. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

    Mar 11, 2017
    South Park, Colorado, USA
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I use winter wheat berries from the human food co-op.
    Found grains from feed mill to get moldy more often,
    but I do pretty small quantities of fodder, more of a treat than a feed supplement.
  6. PeppersPeeps

    PeppersPeeps Chirping

    Jun 21, 2018
    I’ve been sprouting in Mason Jars for the last few weeks. I only have 4 ladies, so the amount of sprouts works out. BOSS, wheat berries, mung beans and oat groats have worked great. Chia seeds turn into a slimy mess and didn’t work at all in mason jars.

    I found cheap seeds in the bulk section of Whole Foods. The BOSS is the giant bag from TSC.

    On my mason jars, I started with the metal ring and a piece of screen on the top of the jar, but it rusted after 2 weeks, so I purchased plastic sprouting lids on Amazon. FFA9EBD7-335A-4E2D-ADB9-60D201BDC934.jpeg

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  7. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

    Jan 8, 2017
    How do you sprout in mason jars? Your setup looks cool!
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  8. snow5164

    snow5164 Crowing

    May 16, 2015
    Love the display @PeppersPeeps ..

    My lids rusted too , not sure why ? I too bought lids from amazon ! So expensive

    I do exactly what you do with the different grains , I love doing the lentils because they sprout easily and don’t rot !I had a lot of tiny flies this summer so I stopped fermented water and sprouting ,
    But then I found this sprouting tower for $20 used and my life changed ... it’s so easy and looks good on my counter , I love ❤️it !
    You pour water into the top tray and it drips down threw all three trays , so easy !! 462DEA02-C246-4EF5-9B58-C2C69093EAFA.jpeg
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2018
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  9. Wil781

    Wil781 Songster

    Apr 29, 2018
    Central Alabama
    I use mung beans, alfalfa, clover, lentils, birdseed, barley and wheat. I start mine in Mason jars and as soon as they start sprouting I pour them into tuperware that I have drilled drain holes in. I feed mine a tuperware tray everyday because my girls can't free range due to neighborhood dogs (I can't convince my husband that the expense for fencing in an acre and a half is worth my girls happiness) my girls favorite is clover and birdseed fodder, they go nuts!
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  10. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

    Jan 8, 2017
    Now, I might be able to get away with something like that on the counter here too! :)
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