I tried fermenting the commercial feed, and really did not have that good of luck. It just kept getting rank. Then last winter, I started soaking the grain as a way to get extra moisture into my chicks in below zero temps, and I accidentally got a great fermentation going! Love to see it bubble up each morning, smelling good!
One of the things I have noticed, is that my birds tend to eat less of the commercial layer feed at this time of year. Does anyone else notice that? And lately I have been feeding quite a bit more of the soaked scratch, much closer to a 50%. I am supposing that all scratch is not the same, and while mine does have a little corn in it, it is mostly other types of grain. I have always considered scratch an energy food, where as the commercial layer feed - a protein food. This time of year, none of mine are laying, and it is colder and snowy, I think they need more energy.
As long as I stir the wet scratch with the dry commercial feed, they do eat most of it, but often times the next morning, I see all of the grain is gone, while there is a bit of the commercial feed left. Once every 7 -10 days, I do give them a bit of meat.
Their feathers look good, they are coming out of molt well and they are active. They are not laying, but I am sure that is due to the day length.
Any thoughts or discussion?