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    When we had our chickens I had just got into the idea of propogating grain to 'microgreens' for the chickens. A seed tray was the basic measure and would be made to last about a week. It gives far more value as a feed (more content for the same amount of grain). It also wa spopular with the hens, but you need a routine to start another once you commence feeding the previous one if not before. In the winter production would need to move indoors! But again in winter the greens were in short supply from other sources.

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    Beat you to it VC!

    Sowed mixed corn in a seed tray and chooks loved it. Only wheat and barley germinated as the other seeds are chopped to pieces.

    Also tried chitting seed in a bucket. Just add water until it sprouts and feed it to the chooks. I think once chitted sugars are activated and they seem to love it!
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    Ta Snadge I thought this had been mentioned before - should have know it would have been you
    I'm still thinking about growing a grain "field", for them to forage in. Daft idea for a back garden - but that's never stopped me before.
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    How much do you use ?

    As someone who worked in this industry many years a go , I can give some rough numbers. Wheat output would be 10 tons/ha so 1kg per m2. However doing yourself it would in effect be organic yield so could halve that to 0.5kg. Guess friendly local farmer might take 20p kg for a few bags exchanged for holding/folding.
    So im with snoop puss on this one, life is too short.
    Would it not be better to give all neighbours a chook box for thier waste food, then give chooks whats appropiate and compost the rest, and save all that landfill
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    Aaah but I'm not known for being sensible. If I was I wouldn't be trying to grow avocados, dates and mango on my windowsill.
    I have room to grow, seeds to sow, chooks to feed and all the time in the world to play in the garden.
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    Snadger is on the right track. spent Malting are really good for livestock. the Malting process - soaking and heat converts the starch to sugars, then it is heated and sent to the distillery. They them mash it etc and the Draft (waste grain) is sent for livestock feed. All good stuff.

    Sure you could grow cereal in a small corner of the plot. Cut it for Stooks just before it's 100% ripe and cover (needs air to dry). The straw with husks will make ideal afternoon treat.
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    Sparging was the word I was looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ESBkevin View Post
    When we had our chickens I had just got into the idea of propogating grain to 'microgreens' for the chickens. A seed tray was the basic measure and would be made to last about a week. It gives far more value as a feed (more content for the same amount of grain). It also wa spopular with the hens, but you need a routine to start another once you commence feeding the previous one if not before. In the winter production would need to move indoors! But again in winter the greens were in short supply from other sources.
    Quote Originally Posted by Snadger View Post
    Beat you to it VC!

    Sowed mixed corn in a seed tray and chooks loved it. Only wheat and barley germinated as the other seeds are chopped to pieces.

    Also tried chitting seed in a bucket. Just add water until it sprouts and feed it to the chooks. I think once chitted sugars are activated and they seem to love it!
    I'm not sure I've understood either of these two messages. Have you essentially set grain and seeds sprouting and then fed the sprouts to the chickens? Now this I could do. Any recommendation for grains and seeds?
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