Versatile Livestock Enclosure

Your imagination is probably going wild with this awesome structure, but to me, it seems ideal for goats, and with a few modifications, chickens.

It’s easy to visualize a structure like this, the hard part is explaining it to a barn builder! Having a pic is the best only way to get exactly what you want. I found this pic online at FCP Barns.
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I’m looking at every option to build something suitable in replacement of the barn I lost in last weeks storm. So far, I haven’t come up with much that fits my specific needs… or budget.  I have 3 building plans and until October to decide.  This disaster has totally messed up my fall breeding. There’s no way my Silkies will go broody when they are being moved from one coop to another during the construction. 😦

Learning About Fodders

First things First… What is a Fodder?

A fodder is any agricultural foodstuff used specifically to feed domesticated livestock such as chickens, horses, pigs, cattle and goats. The term refers to food given to animals, rather than the food they forage for themselves. Types of plants typically grown for fodder include alfalfa, barley, oats, clover, grass and wheat.

I found this very informative article that explains more on this concept and how to make your own fodder. I’m always interested in learning ways to cut my feed bill, so this certainly got my attention! Not sure I’d want to consider this alternative food source if a had a lot of animals, but for a hobby farm, this is certainly worth taking the time to research the pros & cons.

Interested? Learn More…

DIY Home Fodder System

How to set up your own low-cost fodder growing system.
by threemealsfarm

Many months ago, we learned about growing fodder for livestock (Growing Sprouted Fodder for Livestock) and how large-scale systems are being developed to reduce animal feed costs, provide better nutrition for animals, and reduce the amount of water needed to produce said feed… Continue Reading.