Here’s another thing I am adding to my list of goals – producing fodder for our chickens. I have been doing some research into sprouting grains and am finding some interesting stuff. I’d like to cut down the feed bill.
We have laying hens and even though they won’t be laying all winter, we still need to feed them. During a winter season, the hens need more feed; not only because they can’t forage for bugs and greens through three feet of snow, but also because they spend more of their energy just trying to stay warm.
During the times of the year when they can’t forage, it would be great to provide them with sprouted grains. It is a more efficient feed, more nutritious for them and less expensive. Sounds good to me.
We did already experiment a bit during the Fall. We seeded some grain into one of our nursery flats; it only took ten days for the seeded flat to look like this. We just watered it a bit daily and let it grow.
The girls were delighted! We should have had two or three trays for the amount of hens we had, but as this was just an experiment, we just wanted to see if they would be interested.
If they are this interested in the Fall, I can imagine how excited they would be enjoying a tray of greens in the middle of winter.
A few sources that I am looking at for information include
Thinking of raising meat birds?
Here’s how we fill our freezer with chickens.