I think we've got fermentation as of this morning. I've been giving them a small scoop in the heat of the day but they haven't fallen in love yet. Might remove the dry feeder tonight and see how it goes with scheduled feeding for a couple days.
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I feed mine first thing in the mornings and they devour it. But I also do not have any dry feed out anywhere so they are good and hungry. On occasion I give dry feed, when I run out or get in a hurry, and they go to it and then realize its dry and are not very interested in the dry.
I used ff last fall for a batch of meat birds with good results. Did lose several birds but such is the nature of the beast it seems when raising meat chickens. I am now raising 25 chicks that will be mostly laying hens. Both sets of birds were started on ff from day one. I like the results that I have seen from the ff, and will keep feeding this way.
I have been using the FF for the past 3 years and it has saved me a bunch of money. Before I switched I was buying 50# lb of EggMaker Pellets every month. By keeping this record I noticed I really need to cut back on the Scratch! I not only mix it up in their feed but they get a bit of it in the morning. My flock also free ranges.
Just in the last year I started keeping a record of how many eggs I received from the hens, eggs sold, etc. etc.
Here is what I showed for the first 5 months of this year:
Sold: 36 dozen
Free: 7 dozen
Egg Maker Pellets: $24.50
Scratch w/Sunflower Seeds: $38.25
Chick Starter/Grower: $13.98
I am in the black, but it wouldn't support my husband and I. :)
Howdy Tex! I live in Rosenberg, TX. I have flies around my fermented feed also. Eventually the FF will have larvae which the girls love! Nothing better than fresh meat.
Fruit flies for me, not severe though.
Ya, That's a problem. I hate flies!
Maybe just do it when your not out there.
Hopefully someone has better tips...