Hi everyone. I hope you are all healthy and in good spirits in this cold weather. I've been lurking over on one of the FF threads. Haven't made my presence known there yet, though. I started reading it from the beginning, but I'm only at about page twenty or so. It's a couple hundred pages long. I started trying to ferment a few days ago. About six days now, because I have four jars, and I've fed FF two nights now. I'm not sure if it's really fermented, because there's not much smell. But four days soaking with acv added is supposedly enough. As I feed each jar, I leave a little scraping in the bottom and add the new stuff on top. I'm not sure if a scraping is enough, so I've still been adding a few drops of acv as I go. I think I'll try to make a bottle of acv on my own. I had 'borrowed' some acv from my cousin down the street. (I'm probably not the kind of neighbor you would want, because the other day I ran out of salt, and schlepped around the corner to my mom's and borrowed some of hers😆). Anyway, my cousin had Braggs in her cupboard, so I got an ounce or two from her. I suppose if I add some Braggs to a bottle of grocery store pasteurized acv, I can make acv with the mother? I'm thinking to forego the 4 different jars and just do one big container, because on Saturday I'm going to New Jersey to pick up two Ameracaunas that I saw on Craigslist. So I will need more FF. I don't think my present jars are big enough to fit enough FF for three chickens. I would have some stirring issues. I've only been feeding FF once a day so far. In the evening. In the morning, chick gets dry feed, maybe mixed with cooked and mashed kitchen scraps. I've been mixing in a little bit of meat scraps for him a few times a week, and every time hes's fed now, it's one part grower and one part cracked corn. That's also what I'm putting into his FF. Sometimes I mix the scraps/meat into his FF in the evening or into his dry feed in the morning. At least I hope it's FF. If not, it's soaked feed.😅. I'll try using filtered tap water like what we drink in the house, instead of unfiltered tap water and see if there's a
difference in the smell. Anyway, these Ameracaunas I'm supposed to be getting are about two years old, give or take, the guy said. At what age do they usually stop laying regularly? He said they're current not laying because of the shorter days, and that they're supposed to start again in the spring. From what I've read, that's quite normal. I just hope he's telling the truth about their age, and not selling me old hens! I have no idea how to tell if a chicken is old. It's not like dogs, that get gray around the muzzle.🤔 So my new chicks have grown quite a bit in the ten days that I've had them. I transferred them from the Rubbermaid box into a rabbit cage. I hope they don't outgrow that before they're ready for outside temps. I'm not even sure if I should put them outside before spring. But by then they'll definitely be too big for the cage. At what age do you all think they can be outside in the winter? I know I'd have to take them outside gradually, if at all. Anyway folks, til next time.