“There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.” – Thomas Jefferson

A few weeks ago, after listening to a podcast on growing fodder for animals by Teresa Hord of Quartz Ridge Ranch, I was inspired to try my hand at this task.  I read a few different websites discussing the basis of this:

Half-pint homestead

Backyard Chicken Forums

Bran grains just starting to sprout.
There are some bean seeds in there too, they were left over seeds from a few years ago. I put them in there to see what they could do.

The information I had read on this shows that a kilo of bran produces around 6 kilos of fodder.  As fodder is so much cheaper than buying feed for the animals (and so much better for them) I decided it was something that I needed to investigate for the winter months.  I bought a 20kilo bag of fodder from the animal feed-store, which was feed quality fodder.  This is not the type recommended by Teresa Hord, yet as it was easier to buy I decided to try this first before investing in higher quality bran.

I soaked the 500grams of bran in water for two days and then drained the excess water.  I then emptied the grain into a plastic tub which I placed into a small plastic greenhouse in my sun room.  Every couple of days I check the contents and ensure that no mold has grown.  I haven’t bothered to wash them as other people recommend on the Backyard chicken forums.  It has taken around 1 week for the seeds to start to germinate, and two weeks till they grow sufficient to use as fodder.

Bran grains after two weeks. They are ready for the rabbits, although I will give them another week to see how they go.

I am in the process of clearing additional space in the mini greenhouses (they currently are being used to grow tomatoes over winter) and I intend to lay additional tubs of fodder so that I can keep the rabbits fed.

2 thoughts on ““There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.” – Thomas Jefferson”

  1. I found you through 13 skills. I am glad you’re interested in growing fodder too. Could you talk about your set up. Is it in a building? Outside? How will you keep your temperatures down in the summer? Is this winter only for you?

    I have an air conditioner. I’m thinking of making an insulated box with the air conditioner on the side. I like the idea of using gutters. It makes it a smaller area to feed. Not sure how we can keep mold out of the insulation, I’m thinking about how to set it all up.

    1. Hi Cranberryrose55,
      thanks for your question. I am currently using small plastic containers of around 10 liters in size. These fit nicely, two abreast, inside my mini-greenhouses. These mini-greenhouses were purchased at a local hardware store and sit on a table in the front room of my home (kinda like a vestibule. We call it the sun room as it get so warm in summer). I have only started with my fodder so I am making modifications constantly. I will take some more photos and post something about it in a few days, so stop by for that.

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