Growing Fodder for Chickens

Fodder is an easy healthy treat, and something your kids can help out with too. Learn how to grow fodder for your birds now.

What is Fodder?

Fodder is a mat of sprouted seeds that can be used to feed a variety of livestock and small animals, including quail.

By giving grains the conditions necessary to sprout, they’ll do what comes naturally with very little effort on your part. It is so simple that it can be a fun project for your kids to do for the animals.

Sprouting grains into fodder requires a little bit of setup, but it’s not difficult. You’ll need some sort of shallow tray to get started.

Soak grain in a bucket of water overnight. Cover the grains with about two inches of water.

Drain grains and transfer to trays. Spread evenly. Water each tray morning and night.

You’ll see roots within the first couple of days, followed by greens. The growing fodder is edible at any point, but it usually takes a week or so to have a nice solid block of fodder that you can lift out of each drawer.

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