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DIY fodder system

Discussion in 'The Green Patch' started by ditch witch, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    My options for feeding my rabbits are limited and pricey here. Only two places carry actual "rabbit pellets". One is Squallmart, the other is Gebos. Both only have small bags which cost almost as much as a 50 pound bag from the feed store. Only one feed store carries rabbit pellets but it's dusty and cheap and I've gotten more than one bag that had some mold in it. The other just tells me to feed them straight alfalfa pellets, which I've been doing but it's acidified their urine something fierce.

    I saw this fodder system in the FarmTek catalog and just drooled, but at $3000 for the smallest system, it's hardly feasible for 8-10 rabbits. HOWEVER....

    I am going to see if I can build my own. I have an idea for a sort of self watering gutter system but for now I'm going way cheap until I see how the buns do on fodder over pellets. If it works the way I've figured, I should be able to ditch the pellets and just feed the fodder and dry hay. Got it started, and so far so good using winter wheat, gallon water jugs, and a greenhouse flat.

    1. 2.
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  2. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    Here's some pics I've collected off other folks who are trying their own, at-home system, and some are feeding several head of dairy cows with it.

    day5. fodder12-29-11waffle. fodder12-29-11. fodder greenhouse. oatsshelf.
  3. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    Another DIY one, large scale.

  4. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    AND another DIY, this one is long.
  5. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    My only comment would be that; rabbits like many animals including man may have adverse reaction to different/odd foods for them. It can give them severe disentary to the point of dehydration and possible death. Changes should be gradual. This super food fodder should be a treat to start with, then maybe 1/4 of their food, then half etc until you have them weaned off their old food and onto the new food. I know I have read this with regard to rabbits. I can't give you a source. There is nothing wrong with my memory however. Look into it, research it, or just do what you will. I just wanted to warn you of possible consequences. Best of luck with the project.
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  6. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    I got 75 pounds of alfalfa pellets to go before I can switch 'em over completely. Didn't mean to give the impression I was going to make such a massive change overnight. But thanks for the warning, and no worries on the source. It's kinda common sense. ;)
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  7. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    So here's day three and four. I know it's kinda lame but I'm all giggly about it. *I* think it's pretty cool.

    day3. day4.
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  8. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    Day five and six, plus of the whole "system". I'm thinking tomorrow I can pull the first batch out and feed it. It's crazy how fast it's grown! The early trays were 3 handfuls of wheat seed, while the later ones were down to 2.5 or just 2. I'm thinking 2 handfuls is enough as it really bulks up fast and I'm a little worried about rot when it gets that thick. I've been spraying it under the kitchen faucet 3-4 times a day, and on the first few days propping them on an angle to drain better and covering them with a dishtowel. Days 4-6 are out in the open to catch some light from a northeast facing window.

    day5. day6. diy fodder system. 6days.
  9. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    Feedin' time! :D
    Normally I give them scrap veggies every day but today they're getting wheat grass instead. So far Lola, Leroy Brown, Brandy (she's a fine girl) and Black Betty all give it a thumbs up. ROOOOOXanne gave me the red light but she hates me and will wait until I'm out of sight before she comes out of her nest box anyway.

    morning of day 7. cut to serve. lola.
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  10. have you seen videos by larry hall? the float is the costly part maybe a swamp cooler float would be cheaper.

    I bet they will love that better than pellet and way healthier
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  11. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    replying to see if it unsticks the thread
  12. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    Damn....another childhood ideal broken. I thought all this time that rabbits ate carrots and clover.
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  13. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    I'm still waitin' for mine to drop some Cadbury Eggs.
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  14. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    The ones with caramel? That would be detrimental to my health. I don't eat sweets, but when I do--it has caramel in it (or butterscotch).
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  15. Kirsten

    Kirsten Monkey

    If you would like more ideas or need components go to half pint homestead.com where i get my feed the mirco would pay for its self in two months for two rabbits
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  16. vonslob

    vonslob Monkey++

    Brilliant. It looks like it works great
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