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What grain is best for Fodder?
This will depend on what types of whole grains are available in your area and their prices.  Barley
and wheat are the most common.  I find wheat, since it is hulled, the least problematic in this
system. (
see Wheat Fodder Analysis)

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.  (
see Horses and Wheat)

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, 4 full sized
milking goats, 7 mini milking goats, 40 chickens, or 30 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 or 3 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 as well as horses and rabbits.  
Therefore some sort of hay must be provided to keep your animals healthy.  However; it can be
very poor quality and they will eat considerably less of it.  Hay is less vital for poultry and pigs.

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 with the ideal range between 70
and 75 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 and attention to detail.  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.
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