sprouting grains is pointless unless for greens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by CanadaEh, Jan 27, 2019.

  1. CanadaEh

    CanadaEh Songster

    May 31, 2018
    It appears that if I have access to other greens for chickens during the winter time, I should not grow fodder from grains as it results in a net loss of nutritional value of the feed? And better nutrients availability and savings on feed is a gimmick?

    complete article at University of California website:
  2. Kayla's Lunch

    Kayla's Lunch Songster

    Jun 9, 2018
    Well, that article is several years old. Microgreens for people are pretty popular and there seem to be a lot of research done on those. So, I would think that is true for the fodder "microgreens." Plus I have read, can't say where right now, a number of different articles talking about the nutritional benefits of fodder, such as the nutrients being more available. And a farmer that I know, has been doing barley fodder for quite awhile and says its great.
  3. FnWeirdo

    FnWeirdo Songster

    Sep 6, 2018
    u.p. mi
    ill try and find the links later but. fodder is a bit of a split opinion subject. they have done the nutritional studies on each stage of the sprout. Barley is by far the most studied and cited. now certain values drop a bit at stages and certain values are a gain at certain stages. day 6 and day 7 seems to have the best nutritional value. plain seeds actually has alot of their nutrition hiding and the chickens can not really absorb alot of it. during the fodder process the nutrition becomes easier to absorb.
    what fodder is very useful for is winter forage. we have very long cold winters here where i live. fodder gives me the ability to give my birds food they would normally only be able to forage in the warm season.

    I personally believe all that water in the fodder is a very good thing especially in this below zero weather. my fodder is room temp when they get it. while the water is cold. so it helps keep them hydrated and warm. may not make the biggest difference in that area but it does help.

    overall fodder is extremely cheap, provides good easy to process nutrition, and takes very little time and effort. well worth it in my opinion.
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2019
  4. FnWeirdo

    FnWeirdo Songster

    Sep 6, 2018
    u.p. mi
    oh and tbh here when you see university of california ... its not too trust worthy IMHO. ive seen them put out all kinds of wrong information. cali has terrible schools and the universities out there only really care about stuff like gender studies and other socialogical stuff. if you want good studies on farm related information look at sources in the states known for farming. Wisconsin university's for example has alot of great agricultural information.

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