Chicken Fodder a Healthy Chicken Snack

chicken wheat seeds

Sprouting and growing grain for fodder is a simple and efficient way to not only feed your animals a more natural and fresh diet, but is also a practically effortless way to save money. Imagine for a second that the 50 lb. bag of feed you just bought could grow into 300 lbs. of feed that is more nutrient dense in just ten days.

Fodder Day 10Fodder Day 13

Fodder Day 10 Fodder Day 13

The sprouted fodder, no matter what seed or grain you choose to use, is fed whole; greens, seeds, and sprouts as a whole. Commonly used grains for fodder are barley, wheat, and whole oats. Barley, which is the easiest to grow, has a crude protein percentage of 12.7 percent and a crude fiber percentage of 5.4 percent as a seed. These percentages jump to a crude protein percentage of 15.5 percent and a crude fiber percentage of 14.1 percent after an average of seven days of sprouting. By sprouting, the digestibility of the grain increases from 40 percent to 80 percent so livestock will not need to consume as much fodder compared to commercial feed because they are obtaining more nutrition from a smaller volume of feed.

Fodder Day 15Fodder Roots

Fodder Day 15

SO HOW DO YOU MAKE FODDER?

STEP 1
To get started you really only need a tote lid flipped upside down or a drip pan for a large pot.

STEP 2
Put your wheat seeds in the tote lid or drip pan in a single layer and get them evenly soaking and floating, but not covered in water.

STEP 3
Keep the seeds wet for about 7-10 days and they will begin to sprout. That is as far as the fodder needs to go to before feeding to your birds but you can let it sit for for a total of 15 days and obtain even more feed.

Ventura Grain is Local Quality Feed

With over 90 years of experience manufacturing livestock, equine, poultry and swine feeds, Ventura Grain has the expertise and integrity to ensure a consistent, fresh & quality ration every time. Ingredients are purchased from a select group of approved suppliers to ensure the quality of our feeds. Ingredients are tested for quality and if they do not meet our standards, the load is rejected.

Why do you deliver Ventura Grain?

For over 15 years we have been driving to Ventura Grain in Taunton MA to pick up our animals feed each month. Ventura is a local grain mill that makes fresh feed every week. One day I thought I would pay somebody to pick up grain for me so I don’t have to drive there all the time. Maybe other farmers would too? We are just a small farm that is trying to lower our own feed bill and help bring fresh quality grain to other locals that might not be able to drive that far to get it themselves. We will also deliver your grain bags curbside or into your coop or where ever you need it(within reason).