Hydroponic Fodder Systems

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  1. HayleyS

    HayleyS Senior Member+

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    I am wondering if anyone has tried any of these options, or what everyone’s opinion is on them. I have some concerns, but I don't know if any of them are valid. My boys are on grass hay in the winter, with all of their supplements, feed, etc., and pasture and everything else as needed during the summer. I like the idea of fresh grass year round, and I like the price, but I don't know how healthy it is. The link below is just one of many companies out there, I included it for reference. Thank you!

    http://www.gdhcompanies.com/four-seasons-fodder-systems-llc/
     






  2. mybanjo

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    I saw those in the latest Farmtek catalog. They're so cool, what a great idea as hay seems to be getting scarcer and more expensive! I wish I had a basement, or a place to put one...and the money to buy one.
     
  3. coloredcowhorse

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    Looks expensive to me.......would have to grow somewhere around 40-50 lbs at least per day to support one horse (maybe more..not sure the wt of fresh grass needed to feed per day but assuming probably double that of good quality hay or even more)....and daily care plus the power for growlights etc.
     
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  4. mybanjo

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    Also, I don't know how my mini Shetland and my Paso Fino would do with eating a lot of fresh grass like that. I'm sure my Arab and my mustang would be fine. Definitely something to think about. And with some creativity and time, it probably wouldn't be too hard to make one. I think the one on Farmtek was about $4000, if I remember right.
     
  5. XxLiveToRidexX

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    If you'd do a simple search you would see we have already had many members ask about it.

    The general consensus is yes they will work but are very, very, very expensive because a little "patch" won't last the horse long at all.
     
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    Also be warned that hydroponics can draw negative attention to your house/property. Some people use hydroponics to grow questionably legal medical marijuana and you don't want someone breaking in thinking they're about to score big!
     
  7. wacin

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    I was wondering how many people here were feeding fodder to their horses. I've been feeding my chickens fodder for a long time, but just this year decided to increase production to feed my horse. I started out by just giving him about a pound a day, and then increased it slowly until I was replacing half his hay with fodder. It took a couple weeks to see a big difference, but there really is a big difference!

    I no longer feed him grain (that is one big savings!).

    With hay costs so high, I'm replacing 10 pounds of hay/day with about 75 cents worth of barley fodder.

    I've noticed that he is more relaxed and his coat is shiny and soft. He even has dapples now!

    I'm really happy that I decided to add fodder to his diet!

    Amazon has a book that tells you step-by-step how to start up your own fodder system without having to buy one of those machines.

    http://www.amazon.com/Fast-Easy-DIY-Fodder-System-ebook/dp/B00HT59G0E

    My system cost me only about $40 to build. Seed sells for about 40 cents per pound and one pound makes 7 pounds of fodder. I'd love to hear if anyone else is growing fodder for their horses!
     
  8. i41mok

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    Hello! Brand new to the group as of this moment, and joined specifically for this conversation!
    Prior to this afternoon, I never had heard/seen anything on fodder for horses. True, the commercial Fodder systems are way expensive, but I've been looking this afternoon at different DIY sites. This guy has a great YouTube video as well, that covers step-by-step processes.

    www.pacapride.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/from-seed-to-feed-in-8-days-barley-fodder-sprouting-trials/
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=hes3ZhvjtqY#t=221

    My big question: what grain to sprout? Barley? Oats? I have no clue! I'm looking forward to giving this a try! I can handle the 20-min/day additional chore - especially for my horses!
     
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  9. Chester

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    I am thinking of making one. Even if I only supplement some for hay.

    I have seen them made in old fridges and such for smaller amounts like chook food.

    You could sprout oats or barley, they are both used for hay for horses. I would think you could sprout any seed that is used for horses, Do not use Milo.
     
  10. barrel_racer64

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    I realize this is an older thread, but I have been wanting to try it as well. Where we are right now the horses don't get any pasture time, and my husband is always lamenting about it, so I think it would be a great way to supplement them with some fresh green "grass." I found this video on youtube after following the link posted above, and I think I may talk hubby into letting me try it. She did a trial run with dollar store containers, so I am thinking I may try it that way and invest in better trays down the road if I like the results.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvaweIeaOfQ
     






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