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Fodder feeding for chickens

Fodder feeding for rabbits

Based on feeding 6% body weight of large breed rabbits sprouted barley fodder.

Egg Production printable

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Safe Plants for Rabbits pg.1

Disclaimer: This list is provided for informational purposes only. To the best of my knowledge, all the plants listed here are safe for rabbits when fed in moderation as directed; however, neither I nor Frühlingskabine Micro-Farm will be responsible in any way for any ill effects that may occur from using these plants. Please use botanical names for identification purposes; common names vary from place to place and are not a reliable tool for identifying plants.

Disclaimer: This list is provided for informational purposes only. To the best of my knowledge, all the plants listed here are safe for rabbits when fed in moderation as directed; however, neither I nor Frühlingskabine Micro-Farm will be responsible in any way for any ill effects that may occur from using these plants. Please use botanical names for identification purposes; common names vary from place to place and are not a reliable tool for identifying plants.



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  1. mwaahahahaha you have done all the work for me!!! I love you! I have been writing the egg count in a little pocket notepad this will be so much neater! I like having all these lil things that we never tracked on the farm as a kid (yes I was blessed to spend summers on my dads ranch) we just collected the eggs and got new chicks every spring then when they started laying mom would put the old ones in the freezer. mostly they just lived out their lives to old age or til coyotes, skunks or other predators got them!The ranch was sold in the 90’s to the county water treatment plant because environmentalists said poop from the livestock was getting in the delta (part of our property was the delta when the delta broke tears ago so basically the clean up to remove the pastures fencing etc. that had been under water for over 20 years would have been millions there was over 1000 acres under there! Dad passed away in 2009 The ranch and ranch house is still there (historic landmark built in 1888!) It would be fun to take a road trip You and Cami should come too! might find something we can use on our farms there was just too much to go through when dad passed we all had to go back to work and lived in other states so stuff got left and the water co. has just left it alone!

    • The same thing happened with my family’s original (100 years old?) homestead in Collinsville, California. PG&E “claimed” it and pushed my family off the land so they could use it for who knows what. Many, many years later and the land is still sitting there. My family goes out there for Easter sometimes. The graveyard, trees, and golden grass is serene.

  2. Sarah, I know I have asked you this before, but today I am actually going out and buying the barley to set up the system. Do I need 8 shelves? Also, do I need 0.56 pounds of fodder for each rabbit/day or 0.56 pounds of barley seed started? Thank you sooo much. I’m also planning on doing the pvc cage racks.

    • Aim for 8 shelves. For your French Angoras you will need 0.56 pounds of FINISHED barley fodder, per rabbit, each day.

      For example: I start 1 pound of seeds every day to feed all of my rabbits. When the fodder gets to the 8 day mark, it is usually 6 pounds (so that feeds about 11-12 adult rabbits).

      • Sarah, how many chickens will the one container of fodder feed? You’ve made this so easy for us. Thank you so much. I’ve order my shelving and I’m going to the dollar store to find the containers. I also am wondering how much water you pour into the first container on the top. I saw your little bowl, but can’t imagine how much that is. Thanks for your help and all you’ve done here.

    • Two pounds of seeds sounds like a good start. I’m not sure how much the chicks will eat. If they don’t finish it all then feed less; if they finish it all quickly then feed more. I shouldn’t take too long to find the right balance.

  3. hi sarah i live in the uk saltburn maybe you can look it up. i an getting 1 angora to start with have to slowly get hubby on board ,i am going to try your way of feeding but on a much smaller scale otherwise i may have the biggest bunny in the world ,i cant thank you enough, your vids are fab .thanks suzi

  4. Hi Sarah,
    Getting ready to raise meat rabbits (Ca and New Zealand) will the barley fodder be good for them as this is all new to me?

    • Yes! I raise rabbits for meat as well as wool so I get a good picture of both extreme aspects. Keep in mind that when feeding meat rabbits mainly fodder, they will reach weight about 1-2 weeks behind meat rabbits raised on pellets. But at the same time, I’m sure you are transitioning to sprouted fodder because it is a more natural diet and you can control the quality of the food.

  5. That is good to know about the 1-2 week behind. Do you grow 12 months out of the year? How do you did it during the summer time? Very excited to try this out.

    • I feed large amounts of greens year-round; whether it is kitchen scraps, or green waste from the garden, or sprouted fodder. So transitioning to fodder is very easy on my rabbits digestion.

      A long transition period is much more important if you are starting from a dry feed only diet like pellets or even straight grain. If they only have greens as a treat every once in awhile, their stomachs are not going to be used to it and really need that transition period to adjust properly.

  6. These are accurate, easy and reliable. AND CUTE! Thank you for sharing! I hope you don’t mind that I just posted a link to a fodder group on Facebook.

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  8. What do you do for fodder during the winter? I remember you once mentioning you just use the seeds for chickens but what about the rabbits?
    Also have you ever shipped a rabbit?

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  10. Hi, I’m new to the fodder idea. Your post has made it look easy enough (and inexpensive enough) that I am inspired and will be picking up the supplies today. Right now we have chickens, turkeys, dairy goats, cashmere goats, a Jersey cow, and a couple of beef heifers on our homestead. We also have some mini rex rabbits we raise for pets. In the past we’ve raised Californian and New Zealand for meat, but I found I wanted a more dual purpose breed. I’m looking at trying to work with American Chinchillas as something I can eat, use the pelts, and help save a breed (they are currently listed as critical by the American Livestock Conservation). My 10-year-old daughter is intrigued by the Angoras. My question is: how much fodder would we feed a mini rex? Is it a certain percentage of body weight? Thanks in advance.

  11. Wow, what a great site you put together. The recipes, information charts, record keeping charts, etc have given me great ideas. I can’t wait to try some things out!
    My fiance makes his own beer and wine. He’s been interested in making his own sodas too. This can be another hobby for him to try!
    I recently got into learning how to spin different fibers with a drop spindle for now. I decided that instead of spending lots of money buying specialty fibers from other, it’s time I got my own fiber bunnies! This didn’t just come to me on a whim. I’ve thought about doing this for a couple of years now. I raise and show lionheads and Holland Lops. The lionheads came first before they passed, and then the Hollands thanks to a Holland doe I got to be a companion for my first bunny. For a little while I had this fantasy that I’d gather the wool from my culled lionheads… yeah… that last all of 10 seconds. Besides, the lionhead wool doesn’t seem to have the right quality for spinning, even if my plan did work. I was at an ARBA Convention, just to observe what showing was all about, this was at the beginning stages of building my herd’s for show and brood. I found the angora rabbit’s booth and started talking to a gentleman about angoras, their care, and the most low maintenance breed. I knew English Angoras didn’t fit the bill because they’re too high maintenance, but I didn’t know about the other breeds. He suggested french angoras. He told me that they were very low maintenance they are to groom… He actually told me to just stick them out the window while driving to a show, and walla, grooming’s done. Now, a couple of years after my first dream about raising a few angoras for their fiber. I’ve actually done it, I decided on french angoras. They just fit the best for what I want. They’re great and beautiful bunnies with fantastic dispositions. I also really enjoy having them sit on my lap while I pluck their wool. I use a metal toothed comb that easily catches the wool. It’s so soothing to me and to the bunny. It’s duly therapeutic for both of us. I know it feels good to them to have their wool plucked when it’s time. It’s like having a symbiotic relationship of a type. They benefit from the attention, grooming, eating, etc; and I benefit from the comfort of handling the rabbit and collecting the fibers for my and other’s use.
    I plan on only keeping a few for my own us as fiber producers and possibly show a rabbit if it has the whole package!
    Your wool production chart for keeping track of the wool, quality, and cut is a great idea that I’m going to use! Thank you for sharing your ideas, organizing a great Web page, and posting how to information. I’m not a farmer, and my rabbitry is small but your website is fantastic!


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