I began feeding my pullets fermented feed when they were about 3 weeks old. They did ok with it, but started not wanting to eat it as they got older. I restarted a batch thinking it got too funky, but they still ate somewhat reluctantly. As they have gotten older, they have been less and less willing to eat much of it. When I started letting them range, they foraged voraciously, and acted like they were starving when they got any treats. So I tried throwing some dry feed on the ground, and they went after it like crazy - I realized how hungry they were and (very guiltily) started giving them some dry feed, first by throwing as scratch, and finally dry food in a feeder.
I still would like them to eat at least some fermented feed, but they won't touch it. I have tried restarting it a few times, in case it got too funky for them, and finally started doing it in separate new rotating batches of 3 days each. Then I tried giving them the 2 day batch in case the 3 day was too long. I have tried with and without ACV. No help. It doesn't smell remotely bad to me. I'm at a loss at this point.
I am using a local organic non-GMO pullet developer feed that I'd like to keep using (Coyote Creek).
Any ideas? I hate to just give up, but it's becoming an exercise in waste at this point...
- Ant Farm