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Growing fodder for chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by pawtraitart, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. kreagerm

    kreagerm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I water them them twice a day. The seeds were just purchased from the feed store. The layer was about 1 inch or less but now it's about 3 inches deep, and the tray is getting heavy.
     
  2. LeslieDJoyce

    LeslieDJoyce Overrun With Chickens

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    I spent a lot of time looking at YouTube's vast collection of fodder videos, and though not one of them I have watched detailed how deep to layer the seed, it *appears* the big commercial systems layer seed about 1/2 inch deep. Sometimes this seed goes in dry, sometimes soaked, and of course that is going to make a *big* difference, too -- seed swells quite a bit after soaking. Sigh.
     
  3. LeslieDJoyce

    LeslieDJoyce Overrun With Chickens

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    Here is one super cute video of a clever chicken-feed sprouting system. It really made me smile!



    LOTS of other sprouting videos on YouTube for visual learners.
     
  4. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would put some bleach in your initial soak bucket and go with a seed layer of around 1/2" when you spread them in your trays/totes. When you rinse them, the water should run clear. If it's cloudy, then keep rinsing until you get all the starch out.
     
  5. doggielove

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    Quote: What section in Walmart would you find the buckets of wheat grain? Thanks.
     
  6. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my Walmart, it's in the emergency food preparation section. If your store doesn't have it, Walmart has a good store transfer system so they could perhaps get it sent to your local store for pickup. You could also try asking a regular grocery store if they could order you a bag of whole bread making wheat. It would come in a burlap type bag. I can't verify quality in getting it that way, but it should work. The cheapest is feed wheat but it's not always available whole.
     
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  7. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    On planting seeds, any seeds.

    Seed planting 101 --
    The recommended depth for planting seeds is 1-1/2 times the size of the seed.


    So that means a pea seed would be planted at or around 3/4 to 1 inch deep.
    Now a seed the size of a millet or milo seed would be planted at or around 3/16 of a inch.

    Chris
     
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  8. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Seed planting depth has nothing to do with watering method, seed depth depends on the size of the seed.
    You don't plant millet at the same depth as peas or corn.

    Chris
     
  9. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The fodder method we are talking about is based on a wheat or barley base which are about the same size. No doubt if you are using a larger percentage of seed other than wheat or barley you would have to make adjustments accordingly.
     
  10. greenhorn

    greenhorn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hows does depth apply when there is no soil or medium involved? This is more of a thickness issue.
     

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