I spent the better part of last night and this morning devouring this thread. I've washed out an old kitchen garbage can and will be mixing up my first batch in a few hours. I don't have meat birds, but I'd like to see what this will do for my DP and layers. Firstly, I have a few ages of chicks growing out right now. They are just burning through their feed and mostly wasting it, although I've minimized that to the extent that I can. Secondly, my layers are a year old and looking really rough. They eat organic layer feed, have had ACV in their water since they were chicks, and range 1/2 of every day, but they still look ragged. I'm hoping that this will help them get more from what they are eating, and I'd love to see those new feathers coming in that someone (sorry, I can't remember who) mentioned earlier.
I'm slightly concerned about the increase in aggressiveness and decrease in plumage quality mentioned in the study's abstract (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00071660902736722#preview). Has anyone seen this?
I am also looking forward to improvement in my layers' poops. I'm using deep litter in their house, and although I was fine all of last year and through the winter, they are starting to build up like concrete despite there being no change in my methods. As soon as my broody hatches out her chicks and I move her out of there, I'm going to dig it all out and start over. I'm interested in the Korean Natural Farming method as well, and while I don't have a dirt floor, I'm thinking about creating some drainage by layering tarps and some dirt and gravel under their shavings. I plan to introduce indigenous microorganisms to the litter, but I think that having a higher concentration of beneficial microorganisms already in their poops can only help - even now, before I can get to that.
Edited by ChestnutRidge - 6/3/12 at 8:12am