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Growing fodder for chickens

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

  1. Daloorashens

    Daloorashens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love this idea of adding lentils... they have great protein!

    Cool, noted....

    Haha, that's funny... I've been saying I need a schematic to figure out how I'm going to stagger my hatches next spring, lol

    Awesome that so many people have been checking out this thread.. I love the idea of increasing our sustainability, and this can be done with such little space, and we can eat them, too=)
     
  2. jchny2000

    jchny2000 Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    lentils sprouted failed... out of all the birds my poor lonely pearl Guinea ate them. her Friend Loppy (just passed) is gone and my little Quasy is alone.(Loppy was badly crippled on her foot. not enough to cull, but there was clearly other issues we didn't see.. she left us suddenly without warning.) the Chickens, white guineas, geese and ducks ignored them like they are poison. got scratch tonight will see how that goes. set the scratch to sprout so we can try it.
     
  3. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put the fodder in as a flat square as my birds enjoy breaking it up by themselves. It took awhile for some groups to really get into the fodder idea, so don't be discouraged if your birds look at you like you are crazy when you offer it to them. No, it's not as tasty as bread and scratch and other goodies, but it's healthy for them and they'll appreciate it once they get used to it. My turkeys were the most "new food challenged". I swear, turkeys think that anything....and I mean anything new in their environment is a snake. It can even be a new blend of grain......they start stretching their necks towards the offending object, at a safe distance.....feet dancing, whooping and whistling their turkey alarm until one brave bird decides that it's food. Silly birds. Fortunately, chickens aren't as dense. LOL The trick for me has been to just keep offering the new food until they take to it.

    jchny2000 - were your lentils mixed into a grass seed or sprouted by themselves?
     
  4. kreagerm

    kreagerm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are pics of my fodder in a short tote. I started with about 1/2-1" of seed base of mainly barley with some boss through out. It's been about a week now since I started. As you can see the original seed base depth has tripled or quadrupled in size. It grows in my garage where it's pretty chilly and we haven't started having sun since a few days ago, so if it were in a warmer environment with more sun, I'm sure it would have taken off. I water it twice a day making sure it's not to wet between rinses. Have a look.

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  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Alfalfa, Radish, Lettuce, Collards, Corn Salad, Red and Green lentils, Beet, Mustard Greens, Mesclun, etc.

    Most any Salad Green can be grown as a mico or baby green and without a medium.


    Chris
     
  6. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! [​IMG]
     
  7. La Casa de Pollo

    La Casa de Pollo Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you think spinach would work then?
     
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  8. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Yup,
    Most any seed will sprout and grow to a point without a medium.

    Chris
     
  9. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sprouting has begun! Wheat - BOSS - Lentils


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  10. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks! Maybe I'll start myself a little fodder tray along with the birds' one, lol.
     

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