Because we have not moved to our permanent homestead property as of yet, we wanted to be able to provide non-processed food for our chickens. We do supplement with commercial chicken feed, but in all honesty one 50 pound bag is lasting us over 4 months now.
Maybe our chickens are just spoiled, as they get barley fodder, blueberry, melon rinds and their daily trips in the chicken tractor.
Here is an easy way to make your own fodder growing system if you are on a budget. We went to our local tractor supply store when they put the portable greenhouses on clearance and bought this for less than $40.00, we ordered our seeds in bulk through Amazon and went to the Dollar Store and bought cake tins to grow the fodder.
We poked holes in one side of the cake tins, used some scrap lumber to elevate the tins on one side so the drain down to the next. We placed an old wrapping paper container on the bottom to collect all the water run off and use it to water various plants around the yard.
To begin you soak about three quarters of a cup of barley seed in a dish overnight. Drain the excess water and place in the tin, put it in the greenhouse until then next day when you rotate it down. Do these same steps for the next several days until you reach your barley max level. We do 8 days worth so everyday there is a new crop to give to the chickens.
Close up of the fodder in its stages. The top left is day two (this is the day after soaking). Then we move them down, back up to the right side and then down again. By day 8 they are ready to go!!!
Fodder System we use!!!
Gardman R687 4-Tier Mini Greenhouse, 27″ Long x 18″ Wide x 63″ High
Organic Barley Seeds – 9 Lbs in Pre-Measured Bags
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Over the years I have had several bread machines, they were plain Jane machines that got the job done as best they could. This year while we were trying to figure out what to get me for Mother’s Day, my husband and I were talking about a new bread machine. After endless researching and review reading we decided to purchase the Breville BBM800XL model.
I have to say this think is the best bread machine I have ever had, my first loaf was a coconut milk white bread and it was absolutely perfect. The crust was perfect, the texture was perfect. I was amazed at how easy this machine is to operate.
It has several custom settings that allows you to make just about anything.
Custom loaf sizing from one pound to two and a half pounds; Bread typing such as basic white, whole wheat, gluten free, yeast free and more; Allows you to make pizza dough, pasta dough, even jam!!! You can even choice your crust setting to light, medium and dark crust. Want to add nuts and/or fruit to your bread or dough it even has a automatic dispenser for that!!
This shows the options available with this machine.
Top of the Bread Machine with the Fruit and Nut Dispenser Open.
Getting ready to make some chocolate banana bread!!! Best thing is it does not take up a lot of counter space!!
You will NOT be disappointed with this Machine. I Love it. Check out all the Reviews and 5 Star Ratings Here.