Does Winter Rye work for fodder?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by nab58, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. nab58

    nab58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've looked and looked but cannot find any local merchant that sells wheat.

    I ended up buying winter rye for .79 per lb. and am attempting to sprout it for fodder.

    I realized after I bought it that it's meant to be planted outside in the fall in New England.

    Any thoughts on my chance of success?

    I ordered 10 lbs of wheat online for $20. But think I could buy it for less if I found the right feed store.
     
  2. Smithyard Farm

    Smithyard Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have found that anything you can get to sprout works. I have used annual rye and found it to be the best "sprouter" for me. I have also used oats, barley (which is a tad expensive and I wont use again) and have occasionally thrown in BOSS and other bird seed that was hanging around.

    Good luck! love growing fodder!
     
  3. zinkie

    zinkie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking of using winter rye also, and I think someone replied and said that they thought rye was not good for chickens..... maybe even poisonous?
     
  4. nab58

    nab58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Geez, I hope it's not poisonous!! I'll have to search around to see if I can find anything.

    In the meantime, I started a tray of seeds after soaking/rinsing them overnight. I came up with a pretty good tray stacking method built with chafing tray racks $3 each and foil trays $1.29 each. I have it in my laundry sink right now and it fits perfectly. there's no natural light in there though, so I'm not sure if that will adversely affect the sprouting.
     
  5. nab58

    nab58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    RyeGRASS is not "Winter Rye"
    One is a grass and the other is a grain crop

    But neither are poisonous.
    Rye GRAIN can get a mold called "Ergot" which CAN be poisonous
     
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  7. nab58

    nab58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My grains have just begun to sprout and I've noticed little spots of white fluffy mold. Does that mean the whole thing should be thrown out or can it still be saved if I improve air circulation?
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I wouldn't worry about small amounts of white mold
    Chickens can eat some nasty stuff with no ill effects
     
  9. nab58

    nab58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The mold has disappeared now that I took the wet paper towels off the top. I guess that step isn't necessary. I'm trying it without the paper towels on my next tray.

    Thanks for your response.
     
  10. zinkie

    zinkie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad to hear that Winter Rye is fine! Thanks for the info.
     

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