It’s been a busy few weeks for me. I almost have the living room and bathroom painted all the way! Yay! After doing some reading we have decided to start the fodder way for feeding the girls ( chickens) and quail. I will need 45 trays or more once we start getting more livestock. So far I have gotten 4 trays made. I decided to make them for right now but you can find them online if you don’t want to make yours.

Start with getting aluminum cake pans and then a fork or small screwdriver is what I used to make the holes I know some people use a nail and hammer. Do what ever way is easier for you.

This is one of the finished pans.

Fodder, also called provender, “Fodder” refers particularly to food given to the animals, rather than that which they forage for themselves. Chickens need 2-3% of their body weight in fodder each day, that is if you’re only feeding fodder and not layer feed I will still be feeding layer feed. Fodder is great nutritional value (vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymatic activity, omega 3’s, amino acids, natural hormones, immune response. They will eat less because fodder is healthier, at least thats the idea.. lol since this will be our first winter doing this, we will see how much layer feed we will go through. For doing fodder you can use whole grain wheat, barley, (these are the two most commonly used) sprouted grains, but sprouting can also be done with oats, sunflower seeds, alfalfa, lentils, clover, mung beans, soybeans, and wild bird seed. I would love to get some alfalfa if anyone knows a good place to get some please let me know! I started out with soft white wheat berries.

You can get a spray bottle to spray the seeds twice a day. With doing fodder you have to be careful it doesn’t mold. I like to lightly shake out the trays after I’ve sprayed them just incase there is some standing water. My kids are also enjoying growing the fodder. They enjoy spraying it. Then it turns into who can spray the most 🤦‍♀️🤣#pleasefollow #pleaseshare #thankyou #mjbackyardingwithkids #hobby #homesteading #backyarding #newfoodsystem #fodder you can also follow me on parler! Join me on Parler Social Media!

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