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Poll Results: Do you feed fermented feed?

 
  • 69% (18)
    Yes
  • 15% (4)
    No
  • 15% (4)
    Never tried it
  • 0% (0)
    Tried it and didn't like it.
26 Total Votes  
post #1 of 36
Thread Starter 

Please vote one way or the other...or other.

Thanks.

I just wanted eggs!
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I just wanted eggs!
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post #2 of 36

Fermenting has several benefits like probiotics, enhanced b vitamins and making protein more bioavailable.

But IMHO the two most important benefits are less waste and by binding up the ingredients added as powders (vitamins/minerals/synthetic amino acids) those valuable nutrients aren't lost as fines in the bottom of the feeder, thereby making the feed more nutritious.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #3 of 36
I stopped feeding it because it was a pain in the behind to do in winter. Almost not worth just doing it in summer. tongue.png
post #4 of 36
I do it. I don't do it as much in the winter when temps are too low, and I am considering not making any for them during the weekends in summer since then they free range all day. The really enjoy it and seem disappointed to only get pellets, though.

Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahma, Cochin, Rosecomb, and Plymouth Rock bantams.

 

RIR, BR, EEs, GP Hamburg, Ancona, Wheaten/Blue/Splash Marans, Spitzhauben, OE, Speckled Sussex, and Salmon Faverolle

 

Six guineas making a racket dawn to dusk.

 

I just can't get on the "roo" bandwagon...

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Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahma, Cochin, Rosecomb, and Plymouth Rock bantams.

 

RIR, BR, EEs, GP Hamburg, Ancona, Wheaten/Blue/Splash Marans, Spitzhauben, OE, Speckled Sussex, and Salmon Faverolle

 

Six guineas making a racket dawn to dusk.

 

I just can't get on the "roo" bandwagon...

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post #5 of 36

i have only tried it once, and need to try it again

post #6 of 36

Been fermenting for 4+ years now.  Will not go back.  The visible benefits are noticeable.

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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post #7 of 36
@lazy gardener

I looked at your FF page and you've probably mentioned it on a thread before, but what are you fermenting? Looking at the pictures, you ferment mash, right?

Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahma, Cochin, Rosecomb, and Plymouth Rock bantams.

 

RIR, BR, EEs, GP Hamburg, Ancona, Wheaten/Blue/Splash Marans, Spitzhauben, OE, Speckled Sussex, and Salmon Faverolle

 

Six guineas making a racket dawn to dusk.

 

I just can't get on the "roo" bandwagon...

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Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahma, Cochin, Rosecomb, and Plymouth Rock bantams.

 

RIR, BR, EEs, GP Hamburg, Ancona, Wheaten/Blue/Splash Marans, Spitzhauben, OE, Speckled Sussex, and Salmon Faverolle

 

Six guineas making a racket dawn to dusk.

 

I just can't get on the "roo" bandwagon...

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post #8 of 36
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Originally Posted by SunHwaKwon View Post

@lazy gardener

I looked at your FF page and you've probably mentioned it on a thread before, but what are you fermenting? Looking at the pictures, you ferment mash, right?

I can't take credit for that FF FAQ.  It was written by Tikkijane,  I have referred so many people to the use of FF, and found her article to be the most informative.  She gave me permission to include the link to her excellent article.  I'm not sure what she was fermenting.  You can ferment any feed that you typically use.  I simply ferment what ever I am feeding my flock:  layer, starter, multi flock.  Sometimes I toss whole grains or a bit of scratch in, but not usually b/c they bill through it for the crunchy nuggets.

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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post #9 of 36

I will never go back either. The six chix have a four gallon bucket of regular dry feed in case I get lazy (which never happens, right?) or I don't feed them enough, and they barely touch the dry stuff...I might fill it once every two to three months. I also ferment alfalfa for them. My friends think they are spoiled. I think they are the picture of health.:gig 

 

I keep it in a jar on my kitchen counter, so winter not too much of a variable. Last winter (I almost hate to admit this but good for a laugh) I started opening the bathroom window (the ground underneath had no snow) and flinging it out the window. So much for not being lazy. Go ahead and tease me about that all you want. :celebrate 


Edited by mobius - 4/20/17 at 8:29pm
post #10 of 36

Flinging your fermented alfalfa cubes?  I assume your birds free range in the day.  Brilliant.  (note my screen name!)  How did you get so lucky to have so little snow?  We had snow cover ALL WINTER LONG.  I may have to try the alfalfa next winter instead of growing wheat sprouts.

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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