Originally Posted by Beekissed
Upon request I am starting a thread about using fermentation to improve feed nutritive value and health benefits.
- Anyone doing it?
- How long have you been doing it?
- Your methods?
- Grains/feeds used in this manner?
- Your overall review of this method of feeding?
2. Month and a half or two
3. I have a 3 gallon bucket with a pour spout, a ladle, and a plate on top to keep the bugs out (it's at an angle so there's still air exchange through the pour spout, just not so exposed). I stir it up with the ladle and scoop it in a trough, add a more water and grain when it gets a few scoops from the bottom (maybe once or twice a week).
4. I have a mix of whole oats, whole wheat, triticale, millet, flock raiser, unpopped popcorn, raw pumpkin seeds, some other goodies I'm forgetting...basically I raid a bulk food section for a variety of cheap grains and keep it mixed with some of their crumbles in a big jug for easy pouring into my bucket.
5. My girls have free access to dry crumbles in a treadle feeder, but usually fill up on the FF and foraging so I rarely have to refill the feeder. Just recently they seem less interested in the FF. It could be due to the fact that we finally got some rain so there are more bugs and greens to forage in the yard or it could be the cold, but I notice they've been eating a little more of the dry stuff as well. Overall, I go through the feed a lot slower when they have FF available (5 girls and I'm just now hitting the bottom of the bag of flockraiser I bought towards the end of July), their feathers are glossier, and their stools are a lot healthier looking. My girls aren't laying just yet so no comment on how it's affecting that.
Edited by Justahannah - 10/15/12 at 9:20pm