A few people have asked what our daily fodder routine looks like. I had my daughter help us out to show you how quick and simple it is.
To soak our seeds we use a laundry bag that has small enough holes that the seeds do not come out. We place it into a bucket and then fill it with seeds.
We place it into a bucket and then fill it with seeds. We use 1 1/2 quarts per tray.
After we put enough seeds in. We close up the laundry bag.
Then we fill the bucket up with water and let is soak. At this point some people put in a little bit of bleach, vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. We have not experimented with this yet.
We soak our seeds for 24 hours.
Setting up your Trays
Start with your bucket of seeds that have been soaking for 24 hours…
Drain the seeds. We purchased an inexpensive laundry sink and use it to drain the seeds and also clean the fodder trays. It is important to wash them so you do not get moldy fodder.
We then fill the trays up to be about 1/2” deep with seeds. We use a 2 1/2 quart measuring cup from the paint department at the hardware store.
We then spread the seeds out evenly in the tray.
Then the tray goes on the rack and gets watered 2-3 times a day.
We plan on automating the watering in the next week. I will then experiment with watering times and amounts but for now a good rinse 2-3 times a day works great!
We use garden trays that you can pick up at any garden store. I have found the best price on the trays are from the Greenhouse Megastore.
I use a Soldering Iron to punch holes into the tray for them to drain.
Depending on how your trays are designed you will punch holes in the low parts of the trays so they drain completely and somewhat quickly. You do not want the seeds sitting in water for a long time.
It should take your fodder to grow from seed to lush barley in about 7 days.
When you walk outside with your bucket of fodder be prepared for this…
They chase me all the way down to the barn.
Then you can expect a lot of this…
A little more of this…