for those who feed fodder or sprouted grain..

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BelleInBoots, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. BelleInBoots

    BelleInBoots Out Of The Brooder

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    those of you who feed fodder or sprouted grain what else do you feed with it? I have heard of ppl using it as a complete feed but im not sure of what it contains specifically and if it is adequate. I want to make sure they are getting adequate nutrition. I also offer calcium and grit and currently offer laying pellets and chick starter but i introduced wheat fodder to my layers and pullets and now both groups LOVE it and have started to wait for it. my layers are barely touching their pellets now and are waiting for me to bring it out, lol. so what is your opinion, do I need to get anything else in them or is that enough? thanks
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Wheat can have good protein levels, but the vitamins and minerals in a balanced crumble/pellet are important.

    I wouldn't attempt to duplicate that with other foods, I don't know enough about them.

    I do also feed some wheat fodder in winter, and other foods all year, but not a lot as I want them to eat their chicken chow in sufficient amounts.
     
  3. DaveOmak

    DaveOmak Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. escape

    escape Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine get free choice Layer feed. Fodder in the morning with a little scratch to heat up their little bodies. They give me lots of eggs all winter long with bright yellow yolks.
     
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  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    I give my girls FF in the morning. As the winter gets colder, I may wait till mid day to give them their FF, and give them dry pellets in the morning. I usually save the sprouts for later in the day. I've found that they eat less FF if they have sprouts, or if I toss whole grains into their litter.
     
  6. BelleInBoots

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    sorry just to clarify what do you mean by FF?
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Fermented Feed.
     
  8. BelleInBoots

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    oh dugh sorry. okay ill keep looking into fermented feed as well
     
  9. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    IMHO chicken feed should be available when the birds wake up in the morning. If they get treats, sprouts, fodder, whatever, they'll eat that first and total proper nutrition can be impacted.
    If one gives sprouts or scratch to warm them up, that's more important late in the day rather than the morning.
     
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  10. BelleInBoots

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    yeah i can see that they would choose those first, however i am hearing that some people believe that fodder is a complete diet and thats what im really wondering. what else do they really NEED and how true is it that they can thrive on fodder alone? thanks!
     

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