I've been fermenting feed for a little over two weeks, my band of 9 (hopefully pullets) is a little over 8 weeks old. Just using chick starter crumbles in a five gallon bucket, it's going great.
My question is, I have a bunch of leftover alfalfa pellets from my horse that passed, so I am wanting to include those once the girls start laying. I'll be soaking them in very hot water before adding to the ferment so that they're thoroughly broken down. Now, would I still want to use a layer feed since the alfalfa is going to contribute protein and calcium? Or would I want to use something like an all-flock feed? Also, what sort of ratio could I safely add these as, 20%?
Hoping to enjoy the pretty, dark yolks and I know that greenery is supposed to contribute to that. They'll have a decent size run next week when the coop and run is finished, but I know they'll use up the grass fairly quickly. Free ranging really isn't an option where I live, it's hawk/coyote/weasel central. Maybe short supervised outings in the fall once the garden is done, so they can dig through it.