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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by pawtraitart, Oct 3, 2012.
lol Lacy you beat me to it
sprouts just have roots and a tiny bit of leaf stem growing but no green in it (usually has not had any sun or light exposure), fodder has been growing a couple of days longer and exposed to ambiant or sun light depending on your set up and has green leaves.
Fodder (as talked about in this thread) is basically older sprouts. But also can refer to a grain being grown outside in the ground and fed out or grazed in the grass stage rather then all the way to seed or hay.
Here ya go.
I think the green leafed fodder would be more nutritious,
is this true?
That is one of the $64,000 questions. The act of sprouting (applicable to both sprouts and fodder as both are sprouted) changes the bioavailability of the nutrients locked in the dry grain that are not available to the animal for digestion b/c of "antinutrients". However the fodder has chloriphyll not in the sprout, and more volume. I personally think both are comparible, and very healthy for your chickens it just depends on what is feasable for you to do.
Ok, picture, I've been taking my fodder out when it hits this size..this is the third that
has gone out. The first time I threw on down, they all scattered like the sky was falling.
Then they discovered it was food. With two feet of snow out there, they are liking it
better every day. They leave the roots. All else gets eaten. )
ok thanks! i think my feed mill has them, am going up this week.
I'm so excited! My rye is starting to sprout
This is after 12 hours of soaking and 36 hours covered in a strainer. Tonight I will drill holes in the bottom of my plastic bin and move them. It will be fun watching them grow! I will also rinse another batch to start sprouting. I plan to rotate four batches to start, feeding 1/2 biscuit daily. If this is successful I'll increase my fodder production as my flock increases. Right now I only have 17 chickens.
draining (I cover this with a plate. I hear that makes it think there's dirt on top. )
See the bins next to the sprouting rye? That's the next step in my fodder system. So excited!!
I'll keep you posted!