Easy DIY Fodder Rack for Sprouts

Build a fodder rack and sprout greens in no time for supplemental animal feed.

| July/August 2015

Fodder Rack

Growing fodder is a great way to save on feed costs for rabbits, chickens, and other barnyard animals.

Photo by Nate Skow Illustration

Growing your own fodder is a great way to save on feed costs and provide nutritional, additive-free feed for your livestock (for more on growing sprouts, turn to Page 80). I use mine to feed my rabbits, and have sprouted both wheat and barley – as fodder they relish it.

I constructed my fodder rack from nearly 100 percent recycled materials. I used pallet wood for the lumber and bulk margarine containers for the tubs. My cost was only time invested, glue and nails. If you can’t source bulk margarine containers locally, you could substitute plastic food or freezer containers close to the same size, and adjust the length and width measurements of the rack accordingly to fit your containers. There’s plenty of room for flexibility within this design plan.


• 18 feet 3/4-by-1-1/2-inch spruce, pine or pallet wood
• 8 plastic tubs, 10-1/2-by-8-1/2-by-3-inches deep
• 1-1/4-inch finishing nails
• Carpenter’s glue


• 6 – 24-by-11⁄2-by-3⁄4-inch tub supports
• 6 – 10-1/2-by-1-1/2-by-3/4-inch horizontal end spacers
• 4 – 26-by-1-1/2-by-3/4-inch legs

Assembly Instructions

1. RACK: Cut all the lumber to size, and start by assembling the legs and short spacers as shown in the diagram. Use glue and nails, and square them up so they will stand nice and straight.

2. Complete both ends, and then proceed to measure and lay out the location of the front and rear tub supports. Fix these in position with glue and nails, keeping the unit square. You can use a framing square for this purpose, or you can take diagonal measurements, and when they are both equal, the unit is square. Sand and finish as desired. I chose to paint mine with exterior paint.

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