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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

In this Badge Bit you will grow sprouts to feed your chickens in the Winter.

Here are some articles threads and articles on sprouting seeds for feed:
 - Home-sized Fodder System
 - Growing Fodder for Livestock

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - you must grow sprouts to feed chickens in the Winter

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
 - post a picture of the unsprouted seeds
 - post a picture of the sprouted seeds
 - post a picture of chickens eating your sprouts in the Winter
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I've been growing sprouts year round to feed my chickens for a couple of years now.

The formula that I use for their feed is
  1 part sunflower seed
  1 part oats
  1 part peas
  5 parts barley

I double the recipe for my 24 chickens and add 1 cup of meal worms.

They also free range 1/2 the day if it's not raining.

I have 2 sets of wire racks with spray emitters at the top on timers to run 3 times a day. Each pan has holes poked in one end and each shelf has a 1x1 board at the front or back of the shelf that the trays rest on. This way when it waters, the water runs from one tray to the next and everything is watered.

I cover the shelves with aluminum screen and Avery wire to keep the mice out and drape a sheet of plastic over it in the winter to keep it warmer.

There's quite a few mats of sprouts in the last picture in their coop as they've been doing a lot of free ranging and were only "cherry picking" the sprouts. Nice thing is that the sprouts don't go bad, they just keep growing, when they're in mats like that so eventually they get eaten up
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Dry grains
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Soaking overnight
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Spread out in trays
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Sprouted barley
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Entire sprouting set up
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Feed in the chicken coop
Staff note (paul wheaton):

Penny, can we get an action shot of the chickens eating this stuff?

Penny McLoughlin
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And chickens actually eating the sprouts !
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Staff note (paul wheaton):

I certify that this BB is complete!

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Here is my BB attempts

Seed of choice, black barley
Seed of choice, black barley
Soaking the seed
Soaking the seed
Sprouting in process
Sprouting in process
Happy Chickens!
Happy Chickens!
Staff note (Dave Burton):

I hereby certify this BB as complete!

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