Originally Posted by Jewelwing
Hi there! I obviously am one of those who thinks there are lots of benefits to fermented feed, but I'm also sure your chickens will be just fine without it. I just like the idea of eating the most organic and healthiest way possible while stuck in the middle of a rural area that farms using tons of pesticides and herbicides that have probably all washed into my drinking water, and my chickens are one thing I can control when there's so much out there that I can't. So I ferment their feed.
It really isn't as hard as it might seem. I just keep a huge glass jug (that I bought at Walmart) in the garage, and every evening I scoop out some food, bring it out to the chickens, and then add some more dry food into the mix in the jug. Then repeat the next night. Every once in a while I add more water. If you wanted to try it, you could do it for a week or two and see if you like it or not. If not, just quit.
Although if you really want to experiment, you might want to wait until your birds have started laying (I'm assuming they haven't started yet?), and then see if you can tell a difference in the eggs.
But you're right - you can't just fill up a feeder with food and forget about it for days. But also like you said, I'm going out to check on them daily anyway, to collect eggs and make sure they have clean water. So for me, it's totally worth it to ferment their food. But I don't make my own feed mix, like some on here do - that sounds like way too much work for me!
And I totally don't mean to say you're a bad chicken owner if you don't ferment your chicken feed. Absolutely not! I was just trying to suggest a way to minimize coccidia in new chicks, and then I wanted to say why I don't think fermented feed is only a good idea for confined birds.
In the end, we all do what works best for us, and everyone's situation is different. What I think is awesome about this forum is that we can all learn from each other, and sometimes we incorporate other people's ideas into our own flock care, and sometimes we say to ourselves "well, that's not for me!" I have learned so much
from this site and this thread in particular - I wouldn't be the same chicken owner without it.
PS. As a complete aside, I notice you're in Massachusetts. My son is a sophomore at Emerson College in Boston, and he loves living in MA! But then, who wouldn't love the home of "Make Way for Ducklings"?
Hey sorry I haven't answered, I glanced at your response and I knew that you weren't trying to force anything on anyone or imply that and in fact, knew it from the beginning and more meant in general, but then it was so long it half scared me and I haven't felt up to answering lol apologies. .
Anyway, that definitely makes sense and I can understand why you would want to do it that way then.
And the way you describe it certainly sounds easy enough! But now I am confused because I had thought there was one way to ferment and now glancing at the article and posts here (haven't read all those either), it seems there's more than one way and the way I've seen talked about the most isn't even the best/right way? That confuses me even more.. although I wonder if it's just as easy? You are right though that I could try it. I might. 2 of mine started last week and have been consistent and a couple others have been off and on. I may wait until the others begin and the original 2 hsve been laying longer. They were all 22 weeks as of Monday. And hey wait. I just realized that tomorrow (March 31st) I will be 22 so for one week we're kind of the same age LOL
Thank you! I figured that was what you meant and that you didn't mean to imply it and in fact, you seem like one of the nicer ones, so I didn't mean to be so rude or mean if I was, it's just that I've seen it around so much and maybe it is less what anybody says and more my own feelings? Like perhaps I see all the benefits and feel I'm being a bad owner even if no one says it maybe? I like to try to do the best for the animals which can a problem on here because I see one idea and like and decide to try and then something else, something "better" comes along and I'm constantly wanting to change things or think I'm not doing the best by them I guess. Sorry, rambling/ranting here now.
Anyways, that is very true!!! I love this site, so many great people, but I also hate it for the above reasons
(not literally hate it, I could never hate this site!!)
And wow that's awesome about your son!! I bet he does love it! Boston is a great city and that is a great school. We live about 40 minutes away. My brothers both go to school in the city though, one's in grad school and one's also a sophomore! I would technically be graduating this year but I didn't like my major and left and have only taken a few classes at a local one, I need to take more or go back. Thinking maybe something with animals or music or something.
Sorry, started rambling again
OH! And also, has he beem on the swan boats? I used to love those as a kid