Raising meat chickens on barley fodder

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by harbisgirl, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. harbisgirl

    harbisgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2011
    N. Cal
    Does anybody raise meat chickens on Fodder? I am going to raise Dark Cornish (not Cornish X). I currently raise egg layers and am going to try meat chickens this year. They will be free ranged but I'd like to supplement with fodder instead of commercial feed. I realize I'd need to include something else to get the protein levels where they need to be but I'd like to use Fodder as the main portion of their feed if its possible. According to the hatchery a free ranged Dark Cornish will take about 15+ weeks to get up to mature weight. Has anybody tried this?
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    I've not tried it, but you would need to pay careful attention to both the protein mix, as well as seeing that all of the rest of the essential vitamin/mineral/carbs/fats... etc were balanced to get optimal growth. What about using fodder in addition to a balanced grower feed. Or fermented grower and fodder???

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