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Hi Muhammad, I would recommend looking at my newer Instructable called "Improved Fodder Growth System" I have modified my original design, which requires less time to soak (24 hours).The reason why it smells could be related to many things. Is it very hot where you are? Have you been growing fodder in the bucket (or have other things in there) which could mean there is a build up of contaminents? I would suggest ensuring the containers are scrubed with a dishwasher type cleaner and go again... yet only allow them to soak for up to 24 hours. Also make sure they are not too hot.Hope that helps.
With the containers I was using for this, it was able to feed four large rabbits (I breed British Giants, which are some of the largest available). I don't know about other breeds, so if you try this I would be interested in learning of your results.
I suppliment this with normal animal feed. It is too much effort for me to provide all the animals needs, so the fodder is meant to provide some of their nutrients (as well as feed them so they are well fed). Commercially obtained food provides the remainder of their requirements, which I provide to them a couple of days a week.
I have fed my Rabbits wheat grass, and there were no problems. I prefer the barley for fodder as I feel the results are faster.That dried bean was an accidental addition to the bucket (it fell in there) and once I noticed it I decided to see what would happen. The seed did sprout, yet there wasn't much time for it to grow before it was fed to the rabbits.I have just created an update version of this Instructable, it might be of interest to you.
I buy the seeds from a local animal feed place, which is in Tasmania, Australia. In America I would recommend contacting a similar business, one which provides feed for farmstock (especially horses). I did a Google search for farm animal supply stores in Massachusetts and there were many available.I would suggest not mentioning why you want the grain, just ask for "whole barley grain". Check my latest Instructable for an image of the grain bag I buy.
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Hi JacieT.I call it a Stanley Knife, yet in your location you would call it a Utility Knife. It is just a sharp razor blade within a handle. They are usually very inexpensive. If you can't get one, then I would think that any edged tool might be able to substitute.