I ran a heater on mine all winter too because our basement is COLD. It's pretty fermented this way. As long as mine stays above about 50F I get a pretty good reaction.
I just sit a feed sack across the tp of my buckets to keep dirt & stuff out. It doesn't fir tight at all, just covers to keep stuff out.
I wish that's all I went through.
Yes, but I have a tenth of the amount of chickens you do.
I'm lucky in that they don't pick through or waste feed. Funnily...I emptied the brooders...and dumped the crap in the compost pile...to find the big birds happily going through it and eating that feed too.....pigs.
When I used dry feed for chicks I would just empty the brooder into the coop. Added extra bedding to their run & let them snag all the feed the babies missed. I still do it now that I ferment, but they find far less feed in it these days. They just have fun scratching through it now.
Wowser! I guess I don't have enough birds yet.
Looking like we will give this a try, the coop cleaning benefit alone is enough to get me to give it a shot!
Ours don't pick through the feed or throw it out of the feeders, so I guess we are lucky with that.... but since we can feed it most of the time and still take breaks when we go for a weekend it makes sense to give it a shot and see how they like it.
Betta... when you use the yeast instead of the ACV/mothers how much do you use per 5 gallon bucket?
I'm going to try it too! But I do need to figure a few things out first. Like, how often do you give it to them? My birds have access to their food all day. Should I leave it this way in addition to the FF. They are temporarily on lockdown so can't get out to free range. Is Mash the same as crumble?? Anyone feel free to answer
You can use any mix you like. I use mash, whole oats, cracked corn, beef chop & sweet mix in mine but have used layer crumbles & pellets as well when that's all I could find or it was on sale. It all ends up dissolved anyway so no real big difference once fermented.