What is fodder made of ?.......you may be wondering and rubbing your forehead. Fodder is made of grain. Mainly wheat or barley but there are others as well that you can research on your own. I started using wheat because that is what my feed store had on hand and it was a great price. 50 lbs of grain can theoretically make 300 lbs of fodder. Also 2 and 1/3 cups of wheat is roughly one pound of wheat.
I am feeding chickens here on our in town farm. Through research, I found out that chickens need 2 to 3 percent of their body weight in feed. So we estimated high for our largest breed of chicken, since we have several different breeds.
Off to the dollar store I went, I was looking for those stackable trays that used to be available but found only really small ones like 4 inch by 4 inch I was thinking about getting those but I would have to have bought many many of them and it would have cost more than I wanted to pay so I went on to the next store and found the same problem. Then I stumbled upon some nice trays that were about the perfect size for my flock so I went ahead and bought them especially since they were on sale for .95. There were only 5 left in the whole store but I took them and thought up a system that works so far. Later I may modify it with medal dowels.
This is a great project for our home school.
grow trays 4 or more
skewers (or dowels)
basins 2 or a laundry sink
wheat for feed
Growing The FODDER:
|I just used 2 and 1/2 cups since that is all I will need for our small flock.|
The girls really liked it; the boys too:)