Over the winter, while there is no grass, you can grow fodder to help feed your chickens and rabbits. It provides an excellent source of protein and fiber. But what is fodder? Fodder is a term used for food such as plants that is given to livestock rather than having them forage for food. You can sprout grains such as wheat, rye, and barley. Sprouting increases the nutrition and digestibility of the grain. By growing fodder you are reducing the amount of purchased feed for your chickens. It can help produce brighter yolks and better tasting eggs. It can also help to increase the productivity of eggs.
You will have 4 to 6 inches of fodder in about a week. All you need is a tray, the grain of your choosing and water. You will also need to put the tray in a sunny area. For more details and images on growing fodder for your chickens please visit, “Growing Sprouted Fodder for your Chickens plus Chick Fodder Cakes” by Fresh Eggs Daily.com.