My chickies need some greenery!

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  1. sjsoucie

    sjsoucie Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm looking to start a very small indoor garden for my chickens in the winter?
    What is the fastest growing grass like plant I can give my chickens?
    Wheat berries?
    Sam in Maine
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Barley, wheat and sunflower seed.
    Just soak it for an hour or two and then rinse about 3 or 4 more times the first day and then 2 or 3 times each day thereafter.
    The barley and BOSS will start sprouting on the second day.

    no soil is needed, the roots will make their own substrate

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/713334/growing-fodder-for-chickens
     
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  3. lazy gardener

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    Hi Sam in Maine: I'm a neighbor! I sprout the same grains as CC. Be sure the barley is in the hull, not pearled, like you'd buy at the grocery store! A good place to get whole grains in small quantity is the health food store.
     
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    Thanks, so what does it grow in, if it isn't soil?
     
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    Thanks!
     
  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Do a thread search on sprouts and fodder. I grow mine in 1 qt mason jars with screen lids. rinse several times/day, put in the sun for a day after they've sprouted so they can green up. It's important to rinse and drain well, or they'll get rancid or moldy. About 1/4 cup or less of seeds per jar will completely fill the jar. Depending on flock size, you can start a new jar every few days.
     

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