Ordering Barley online for fodder...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ebertschic, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. ebertschic

    ebertschic In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2013
    Is $40 (includes shipping) for a 50 lb. bag of "Whole Organic Barley" a good price?

    This is what I need for fodder, correct?

    There's no stores around me that sells it.



  2. pdirt

    pdirt Songster

    May 11, 2013
    Eastern WA
    Might be worth it if it's just an experiment, but that would get unnecessarily expensive over time. Most feed stores will special order. You might have to wait a bit for the feed store (depending on the store's volume & turnover) to place an order with the distributor that carries your desired product, but you won't end up paying a shipping fee and you get to support a local business to boot.

    Another option (not sure where in the world you are located, this works well for the west coast, but they do deliver out to the midwest, I believe) is Azure Standard:

    https://www.azurestandard.com/shop/product/876// ($26 for a 45lbs bag of organic whole barley)

    Join a local group and place a minimum $50 order (they carry a LOT of natural/bulk foods and some animal feed products), or if there is no local group, place a minimum order of $500. Nominal delivery charge (we just paid $7 on a $90 order, but that will be different depending on your location).
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2014
  3. ebertschic

    ebertschic In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2013
    I'm in New Jersey, the Garden State....isn't that funny, I can't find Barley in "The Garden State".

    I'm in South Jersey.
  4. leonphelps

    leonphelps Songster

    May 15, 2011
    Bucks County PA
    find a beer brewer and they will gladly give you used grains. birds love them and you get free eats for the birds. CL is a great source to panhandle.

  5. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Crowing 5 Years

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    would you pay $40 for a bag of organic unbalanced chicken feed? If you would than it's a good price.

    there's a ton of incomplete information out there on fodder. Keep in mind that you aren't magically creating 6# of feed when you sprout 1# of seeds. You still end up with the same amount of energy (calories, slightly less actually) as you started with.
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  6. ebertschic

    ebertschic In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2013
    I'm not quite sure what your point is. Do you not offer your chickens snacks every once in a while? I never said anything about fodder being my chickens' only source of food. My chickens free-range all day and I offer them a variety of things to eat in the winter in addition to them foraging around, including bread, meal worms, boss, oats, etc. What's wrong with offering them fodder as well, since the grass is covered with 6 inches of snow?
  7. rc4u

    rc4u Songster

    Feb 3, 2014
    that's like saying if I drink a gallon of gasoline I will have the btu's of energy ....But it has to be released in a proper manner to be used...

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