Feeding Sprouted Fodder to livestock April 2013

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The chickens have had the fodder mats before. The rabbits had one previous exposure to it. And everything else (goats, pigs, turkeys, and neighbor’s steers) …

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25 Responses to Feeding Sprouted Fodder to livestock April 2013

  1. The rabbits are adorable

    Kirsten Crockett
    June 10, 2014 at 9:41 am

  2. I’ve been watching videos on fodder. Thanks for all of the great
    information! One tip I heard is to rinse the bottom of the mat before
    feeding to help the animals start eating it. Simple fix to try…how are
    your animals doing now?

    Cyndi Grammer
    June 10, 2014 at 9:50 am

  3. MY Goats looooove it.. 

    Wake up people
    June 10, 2014 at 10:41 am

  4. The goats’ reactions made me think of how a person would react if someone
    replaced their expected bowl of chex mix with a nice healthy salad. They
    would pout for a while before they would learn to like it. :)

    June 10, 2014 at 11:17 am

  5. Well, there’s really nothing to “officially” report. : ) What you saw in
    the video is pretty much the rabbits as of today. Timtoo, our senior buck
    was outside in his pen, but otherwise, that pretty much was a rabbit video.

    June 10, 2014 at 12:17 pm

  6. My neighbor used to have a buffalo and he would eat stuff like that. Ol
    Buffy was a cool dude… Except when he would escape and go stand on the
    railroad tracks… I think he was bipolar…

    June 10, 2014 at 12:28 pm

  7. lets us know how egg production is affected

    Walt Lars
    June 10, 2014 at 1:03 pm

  8. My goats, chickens and Llama LOVE the fodder. You still have to feed some
    hay and some grain. Its not a total replacement.

    Angela Pierce
    June 10, 2014 at 1:34 pm

  9. Love the look on the goats faces when you give it to them. lol WHAT is
    that? 😛 Is that a Bashkir Curlie horse? He’s to cute!

    Homestead Acres
    June 10, 2014 at 1:51 pm

  10. Nice experiment Renee. I think they would eat it after they get used to it.
    Thanks for sharing.

    June 10, 2014 at 2:39 pm

  11. that is weird. I thought the goats would tear through that.

    June 10, 2014 at 2:49 pm

  12. My goats are very particular too. I feed them their alfalfa hay and goat
    chow mix in the mornings and that’s all they want. I tried feeding them
    scraps (bananas, strawberries, etc.) in the morning and they wanted nothing
    to do with it. They prefer that later on in the day. Also, could you put
    the root ball back in the trays and re-grow it for the rabbits or other

    June 10, 2014 at 3:23 pm

  13. Cut up the goats into cubes?!?! Oh Bev, that would REALLY bring out the
    PETA people haters. wink!

    June 10, 2014 at 3:28 pm

  14. i would suggest rinsing the root ball and braking it up some and even
    mixing it with their grain to get them use to it- but i do think you are on
    the right track- also it could have been that they just werent hungry
    enough to realy try out the new food source– i think this is a fabulous
    idea for not only introducing nutrient rich food but increasing you food
    yeild- 1 cup grain produces 2 – 4 cups of food… keep up the great work
    and keep us posted…blessings

    June 10, 2014 at 3:32 pm

  15. I’ve seen on other videos that rabbits will eventually start eating the mat
    as well. After they are accustomed to it they will eat it allll up.

    Alace Amory
    June 10, 2014 at 4:21 pm

  16. I’ve done some spouting for my chickens… but I’ve been planning to do
    fodder for them. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    Heidi atTMR
    June 10, 2014 at 4:37 pm

  17. hehehehe… At least the chickens like the “nubs,” so you won’t have waste
    with the rabbits’ fodder! Very interesting video — thanks for letting us
    see how the animals all reacted to this new “treat!” *wag, wag, wag…*

    June 10, 2014 at 5:16 pm

  18. My rabbits don’t get a choice, so they eat it all, I notice your bunnies
    still have some pellets, so chances are they are not hungry enough. As to
    the goats you would have to stop giving hay, critters are creatures of
    habit, my horse doesn’t eat it but then again over alfalfa cubes it’s like
    offering a lollipop after eating ice cream. My pot belly pig eats it all to
    but he is no where near as well loved as your pigs!

    June 10, 2014 at 5:58 pm

  19. Ain’t he something!?!? He’s not registered, but he has every characteristic
    of a Bashkir Curly horse. He just turned a year old, so I plan on starting
    his formal education this year, especially since he’s getting to have a bit
    of a ‘tude and he’s going to be too bit for attitude.

    June 10, 2014 at 6:16 pm

  20. Ok Ive beed researching and racking my brain trying to find where to buy
    the seeds no luck help please! Any suggestions would be appricated.

    Jrabbit bo
    June 10, 2014 at 6:45 pm

  21. How are the animals going with the fodder now? are you still feeding it??

    June 10, 2014 at 7:12 pm

  22. One other thing it might be worth looking at – when we did our small “proof
    of concept” fodder experiment, we found that our rabbits and goats had zero
    to little interest in the fodder if there was even a HINT of mildew or mold
    in the root mats. This seemed to happen easily and so it might be worth
    harvesting a little sooner than later if this is happening even a little
    bit. And with the goats, maybe offering it to them off the ground, like in
    a hay feeder, would make it more appealing to them?

    Laura D
    June 10, 2014 at 7:20 pm

  23. I am holding off until Fall/winter to set up my fodder system. Summer is
    too busy and there is already a lot of “green” around to feed everyone.

    June 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm

  24. Yeah, goats are WAY more finicky than their stereotype. I think I could get
    them used to it over time though. But, not being on grass, I was surprised
    myself they weren’t more interested in it. Now, if I’d put it just outside
    their fencing as something they weren’t supposed to have or had to work to
    get at, it likely would have been demolished with relish. Such is the REAL
    nature of goats!

    June 10, 2014 at 7:56 pm

  25. k thanks! just thought i’d ask, I sell call duck,chicken,lady amherst
    phes.and a few other kinds of eggs on ebay.you can ship them with bubble
    wrap,newspaper,and priority shipping.i haven’t had any break yet.(Fingers
    crossed l.o.l!) thanks again!

    June 10, 2014 at 8:14 pm

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