Why Sprout or Grow Fodder?

Sprouting to 5 Days

What is Sprouting & Fodder?
Sprouting is the process of taking seeds through the germination process by first soaking the seed in water for about 8-12 hours, then draining water from the seed into trays, the seeds are then rinsed morning and evening for 5 days.  Fodder continues to grow for 4 more days, a total of 9 days which yields grass, roots and less seed.

Why Sprout or Grow Fodder?

  • Best Nutrition, Least-Expensive Feed
  • Rich in Digestible Energy
  • Bioavailable Vitamins
  • Chelated Minerals
  • Amino Acids
  • Increased Proteins
  • Phytochemicals
  • Hydrolytic Enzymes
  • Reduce/Remove Anti-Nutritional Elements
  • Sustainable, Holistic, Realistic

Feed Cost & Nutrition Comparison
Organic Feed

  • Cost Per Pound: $.70
  • $15.26 Cost Per Chicken To Bring To Market Weight
  • $.12 Feed Cost Per Day, Per Chicken
  • 16% Crude Protein
  • Looses 25% of Nutritional Value Per Week Of Open Bag
  • Not Easily Sustainable – Cannot Grow Easily in Quantities Needed, Lots             of Labor to Harvest

Sprouting Feed

  • Cost Per Pound:  $.06
  • $1.31 Cost Per Chicken To Bring To Market Weight
  • $.001 Feed Cost Per Day, Per Chicken
  • 16%-30% True Protein Levels
  • Amino Acids, Enzymes, Omega 3s, Fatty Acids, Vitamins Minerals
  • Sustainable – Can Grow Quantities Needed in Raised Beds
  • More Labor Needed Daily Than Premixed

19 thoughts on “Why Sprout or Grow Fodder?

  1. Pingback: Sprouts and Fodder for Critters – Animal Gab Radio : Talk with a Tail ~

    1. Our Birdies’ Diet
      45% Sprouted Barley, Oats, Peas, Lentils and Sunflower Seeds
      35% Pasture Grasses, Weeds, Seeds, Bugs and Worms
      13% Black Soldier Fly Larvae
      7% Organic Scratch (in winter to boost carbohydrates for body heat)
      Free Access to: Kelp Meal, Grit, Diatomaceous Earth and Fresh Water with a dash of Oregano Essential Oil and Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother

      In the winter, to make up for the lack of vegetation and insects, I increase the amount of sprouts, soldier fly larva and add scratch to the equation. Sprout vs. fodder. Too much fodder/greens =’s diarrhea in most poultry, with the exception of geese. Geese can get up to 80% of their diet from fodder/greens. 😉

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    1. FYI Honey, just make sure that black oil sunflower seeds (small portion) are fully sprouted (at least 1″ of sprout from seed) before you give them to your rabbits. This way they can digest them well and will have the most luxurious coats possible. Too much fat will inhibit reproduction. It affects hormone levels.

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