Fodder FAQ

What grain is best for Fodder?
Any grain and many other types of seeds work well for fodder. Your choice
will depend on what types of whole grains are available in your area and
their prices. Barley, wheat, and oats are the most common.

What kinds of animals will eat Fodder?
Anything that can eat hay or grain will do well on fodder. This includes:
rabbits, poultry, pigs, goats, sheep, cows, llamas, alpacas, and equines.

How many animals can a Fodder Kit feed?
Each tray takes about 2 1/2 pounds of grain which, depending on the sprout
rate, should give you up to 15 pounds of Fodder daily. The 6-tray kit will
feed one horse, one dry cow, 10 goats, 25 chicken or 25 rabbits. The
12-tray kit produces up to 30 pounds of fodder daily.

How much Fodder should I feed?
The recommended feeding rate of Fodder is 1 lb to 100lb bodyweight. This
should be increased to 2 lb for 100 lb bodyweight for rapidly growing,
pregnant, or heavily lactating animals.

Will Fodder replace hay in my feeding program?
While Fodder is highly nutritious and digestible, it does not contain a
sufficient amount of long fibers for ruminants such as sheep, goats, llamas,
and cattle. Therefore some sort of hay must be provided. However; it can
be very poor quality and they will eat considerably less of it. Hay is less vital
for poultry, pigs, horses, and rabbits but should be offered.

Can Fodder replace grain in my feeding program?
Most modern farm animals have been bred for maximum production
requiring concentrated feeds such as grain. Fodder is more nutritious than
grain and should be a good replacement. However; every animal is
different so it is up to the owner to be responsive to the animal’s needs.

There is mold on my Fodder, what should I do?
Grain contains lots of nutrients and mold likes them just as much as animals
do. To reduce the chances of molding, spray trays with a bleach solution
and rinse them before putting soaked grain in. In a hot, humid environment,
air circulation from a fan can help too.

Can I grow Fodder outside?
Grains sprout best at temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees. If those
temperatures are maintained outside, it is possible to leave the Fodder kit
outdoors. However, the kit is designed to be inside a climate controlled
space.

My animals won’t eat the Fodder. What do I do?
Animals are often like children and are reluctant to try new food items. It is
always a good idea to introduce changes in diet slowly as well. Offer an
ever increasing amount of Fodder along with the animal’s regular food and
they will soon accept it eagerly.

Is the sprouting Fodder supposed to smell bad?
There will be a slight fermented smell to the grain but it should not smell bad.
Foul smells are a sign that your grain is spoiling rather than sprouting.
Check that the trays are draining properly and that the water in the sump
doesn’t need changed.

Do I need to provide extra light for my Fodder?
The grain contains all the energy the Fodder needs for it’s six day sprout
cycle. The light in any room with a window is enough to grow good fodder.

Isn’t growing Fodder a lot of work?
Growing Fodder with our Complete Fodder Kit doesn’t take a lot of time, but
it does require a daily commitment. The chores of setting up the trays and
changing the water can easily be integrated with normal animal care chores.
The Complete Fodder Kit takes care of all the rinsing and watering
automatically.