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Has anyone done the hydroponic fodder system. In thinking of doing a homemade deal. Def not spending 1000s on it but I was just wondering if anyone had done it and some specifics on the systems.

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I'll bump this for you. :)

My mom is kind of interested in getting into fodder too, but we would be doing the homemade deal as well so I want to hear some thoughts too. We're not into the idea of spending 100s on something we may not like but it seems cool enough to try.
 

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That's exactly my thinking. ive done some more reasearch and the homemade deal can be done really cheap like with supplies from the dollar store cheap. Seems to me the biggest cost is the seed, which you basically once sprouted are getting more feed for the same price.

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OK...so, I soak grain overnight, drain and let it sit damp in container till evening, put into trays and load into the Costco shelf system that is set up with an auto waterer. It waters every 6 hours for 15 minutes. The trays are covered for 3 days and then uncovered for the remaining 5 days. I water with fresh water from a hose (thru my window)and into a pipe fit with small watering lines... and it drains down thru the trays to a tub at the bottom which has a drain pipe going out my wall down to the ground. I do 8 day wheat right now, but am going to pick up some barley tomorrow... I've had some issues with inconsistant wheat..
PacaPride has a good video on how he set up his system- a flood and drain system.
Let me know if I can answer any questions!
 

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The 'rule' is 1 lb fodder per 100lbs of animal...more if lactating, preg. Etc... It took some getting used to for the goats, but they all eventually came around. I don't grow I'm the summer cause they go on pasture and it grows too much mold in the warm weather. I start with 2 1/2 lbs of grain per tray and it turns to apx. 10 lbs of fodder! And you can sprout other stuff like BOSS and corn,..
 

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Keep offering...persistence. They are kinda choosy and don't like change. The mold mainly is an issue in the summer / warmth. If it stays between 60-70 degrees it should be fine. If you have good sprouting grain then it grows well. The folks at Pacapride grow in a room up above their barn. Also not in summer.
 

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That is a great setup, milk and honey! I'm really impressed by it!

I'm thinking of starting a fodder system because my husband's family owns a seed cleaning business and they give me leftovers. Last time was wheat, which I can't feed my goats unless I use it for fodder.
 

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Wow that is a nice setup! That seems do able for us. I'll have to pass that a long. Thanks for sharing!

My mom really wants to get our horses on it. She's done all the research on it and wants the horses on something more natural and easier to digest
 

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Alfalfa fodder??

Before I had chickens and got my goats I was researching a fodder system and loved the idea. The first time I tried it (it was during the summer and was with wheat) I got some mold. So I was going to try it again this fall/winter, but with my son turning 1, getting my girls, and the holidays it got put on hold for now. And what better time to start fresh than new years :)

I came across some alfalfa fodder systems. I originally heard of wheat & barley but this is the first on alfalfa. Anybody tried and had any luck with using alfalfa seeds in a fodder system and giving it to their animals?
 

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I use a mix of oats wheat and barley. Sometimes I throw in some sunflower seeds too. Take a spray bottle and add 1/4 bleach to 3/4 water spray your trays with this and no more mold. I use well water so sometimes I add a capful of bleach to the water too if it's getting cloudy or I change the wAter
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