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post #11 of 15
Some health food stores also sell a freeze dried kefir starter. Look for it in the same section as the yogurt and kefir. This is what I have used and it works well with both raw milk or pasteurized. Making kefir is much easier than yogurt, yogurt requires a constant temp (I think 90-something degrees) whereas kefir grows well at typical room temps. Making your own is also much more economical than buying and so easy to do.

If you do use the freeze dried starter, the kind I used instructs to boil the milk first. I didn't do that with the raw milk and it turned out fine. I did do that with the pasteurized milk and while it turned out fine, the milk went from warm to boiling over lickity split. Real pain to clean that up! Boiling is not necessary.

Just gave our girls kefir for the first time, they went nuts!
post #12 of 15

wow, this is an old thread. We still have the same kefir going from 2009.

 Midget White, Standard Bronze turkeys, Muscovy ducks, India Blue, White & Spaulding peafowl, Buff Orpington, Copper Black Marans Chickens, Corturnix quail and Ringneck Pheasants

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 Midget White, Standard Bronze turkeys, Muscovy ducks, India Blue, White & Spaulding peafowl, Buff Orpington, Copper Black Marans Chickens, Corturnix quail and Ringneck Pheasants

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post #13 of 15

I noticed Kefir still on here. I feed my chickens Milk Kefir whey everyday if I have it and they are much healthier. They come a running when I have a glass of yummy Kefir whey, I'm become their best friend! I got new grains from TheKefirMan.com and they are great.

post #14 of 15
Kefir is so good for you! I have water kefir grains. I like to have it before and after a meal, I find it helps with digestion. Same thing, if I feel a little upset in the stomache I drink some.

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

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post #15 of 15

I've been doing homemade kefir for ages.  It's not very time consuming (although daily) and it's yummy the way I do it.

I use a large, glass Aladdin Ice Tea jug to easily separate the whey every day as it stays at the bottom.  My chickens get kefir/whey "eggy oatmeal" a few times a week too.  A plastic strainer, a rubber spatula and any old blender and you're in business!  I fooled the wife by matching the flavor of the store-bought pomegranate almost perfectly and putting it in "their" container.  After she finished it, I asked her how it was.  She said: "It's the same as it always is, why?"  hehehehe  I prefer my strawberry/banana and cherry/vanilla a wee bit thicker though.  It's more drinkable yogurt than a milk smoothie.  I've made many, many different flavors but the only one we didn't like was chocolate, believe it or not.  I tried 3 or 4 different ways, but it just won't work! yuk!  But nearly any fruit you can think of is fine.
 

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