Growing fodder for your animals

How To Grow Fodder For Your Animals

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Growing Fodder For Your Animals Is A Great Way To Give Them More Nutrients Year-Round

Fodder, or sprouted grains, is a great addition to your normal animal feed! Especially when you do not have them on a pasture.

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In the Mojave Desert (where we are located), it is pretty baron of greens for our animals and the water price is too high for us to try to grow anything like a pasture. During Summer, we have the weeds that they love to peck, along with plentiful greens from the garden. During winter, I like to supplement their diet with some fresh grown fodder.

Items Needed:

Items needed to grow fodder for your animals
Items needed to grow fodder

Prepping The Trays

Make sure your trays are clean before using them.

Spread a thin layer of seeds into the tray with the holes in the bottom.

Water the tray (carefully over a sink to avoid a mess).

Place the seeded tray with holes into the tray without holes and place in a quiet area. It will not need light.

Water the tray with holes everyday at least once a day and up to 3 times a day, depending on your preference.

Make sure to let the tray drain before putting back into the tray with no holes. If the seeds are not being rinsed by the water, they have a tendency to mold.

day 3 of growing fodder for your animals
Day 3
Day 5 of growing fodder for your animals
Day 5
day 8 of growing fodder for your animals
Day 8

And Now We Wait…

I watered once a day (and even forgot to water 1-2 days) and they still turned out just fine.

Once the fodder is about 3-5 inches tall, I go ahead and feed it to my animals. I have a rack that holds 3 trays so I like to rotate trays to keep a constant supply of fodder for the animals. Since I have a few pens set up, I cut my fodder into quarters so all the animals can have some.

Go ahead and try other seed types as well!

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Unknown Homestead

Hello! Welcome to Unknown Homestead! I'm Erika. While I would love to say we have an amazing, huge homestead that is complete and bringing in the dough....it's a work in progress on just over 2 acres. We bought this property in 2019. I had big dreams but this fit the price range. Being built in the 1980's it was not an old house like people buy, but it still needed some work to be done. I handle the animals and yardwork, while Greg handles the smoking/grilling of meats and still works a fulltime job until this homestead is complete and profitable. Having 3 stepchildren does help get some things done around here, but now there is another one on the way. We started out as (I guess you would say) normal people. Depending on grocery stores for food and binge watching whatever TV show or movie we were into at the time. Our ways have since changed (and are continuing to change). We have added chickens, ducks, turkeys, and pigs to our Unknown Homestead (along with our dogs and cat of course). While this property is not that old to us, I have been trying to change my ways for many years. This blog shows what we are doing and how, with the hopes it can help some of you with your hopes and dreams as well!

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